Jupiter Coyote have done it yet again. While most bands are lucky to have 1 or 2 solid albums, JC have done it 8 times. How this band has not broke it big is beyond me. The Hillary Step continues a natural progression for the band towards a more polished sound in the studio. I am very impressed by the 4 songs written by the drummer Noel Felty. He has added some songwriting punch to the band. Of course, I have and always am impressed by the songs Matt Mayes contributes to the albums. Same goes for John Felty. I am really impressed by the progressions in each song. JC is well known for changing rhythyms right in the middle of a song. Throughout the album's 9 tracks, I hear things w/in the songs that I can draw from virtually each of the band's previous efforts. Standout tracks include A Little Like Me, Fool's Tale, Tattoo, and Wheel. I don't know why I even list standout tracks. They're all great. That's how it goes with a JC album. JC combines traditional rock, southern rock, blend it with the coolest mountain rock sound you've ever heard, blues, bluegrass, etc... They've been compared to the Allmans and Widespread Panic. JC has their own sound and it's one that I love. I've followed these guys since the first album. They're one of a VERY few bands I still love as much as the first time I spun Cemeteries and Junkyards. Way to go guys on a great album.
The DVD included with this will tell you all you need to know about the live show. JC set it on fire with this concert filmed down in Charleston, SC. The DVD makes this the perfect purchase. You WILL NOT be disappointed by what you see and hear on this DVD. It's got the long jams in there, the concise 3 1/2 min.- 4 1/2 min. songs, and everything in between. ALL HAIL JUPITER COYOTE!!!