Wednesday, July 20, 2011

CD Review: Dancing Underneath the Moonlight

Title:  Dancing Underneath the Moonlight (I Hate People Records, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)
Artist:  Hudson Falcons (Official, Facebook, MySpace,, AllMusic)

The Hudson Falcons’ fifth album Dancing Underneath the Moonlight is nothing short of a great rock ‘n’ roll record.  I there are any out there that still think of the Falcons as some kind of oi or street punk band, this record completely shatters those misconceptions.  Dancing Underneath the Moonlight has a Rolling Stones meets Bruce Springsteen with a touch of Uncle Tupelo and The Replacements feel to it. 

The record opens with two rockers in “Another Night” and “Don’t Let the Bastards Bring You Down,” bother have that early rock ‘n’ roll dance feeling to them and you can’t help but nod your head to the beat.  New is the mid-tempo and heartfelt “Everything’s Alright.”  “Long Live the King” is next and has something new to the Falcons repertoire, a number with a Spanish feel.  “Last Chance Afternoon” is another dance inspiring number and is followed by the nearly ballad “Interstate Bound.”  “You’ll Never Be Cool” is another rockin’ number while “Avenue B” brings a little more Spanish flavor to the mix.  “Little Wild Heart” and “Mile Marker 141” continue with the energy the opening tracks brought.  The record ends with the two mid-tempo to nearly ballad “Soul to Keep” and “South Dakota Nights.”  Lyrically the record continues on that great Falcons tradition of songs about family, love, hope, hard work, and freedom. 

The Hudson Falcons have traveled a long and hard road to get where they are today and where they are is in support of what is probably their best record to date.  The songs are fantastic, the production is top notch, and the band is tight.  It is also a great record to listen to being a long time fan of the band.  Watching the Falcons’ grow musically has been a great pleasure.  Mark Linskey has evolved into an extremely well-rounded and talented songwriter. 

If you are a long-time fan of the band and have grown with them, then you will enjoy Dancing Underneath the Moonlight a great deal.  If you are a fan that is devoted to and pining for the Desperation & Revolution days then you will most likely be disappointed by this new album.  If you have never heard the Hudson Falcons but are a fan of acts like Bruce Springsteen, Uncle Tupelo, The Rolling Stones, The Replacements, and/or Jon Snodgrass, then I highly suggest that you get a copy of Dancing Underneath the Moonlight. 


Otter Limits said...

I listened to a few songs from this album last night on YouTube and the ones that I could not find videos for I previewed the songs on iTunes.

Overall, I think this album is a little too much doo wop for my tastes but it does have a few really good stand out tracks. The one that most comes to mind is "Don't Let the Bastards Bring You Down." Love that song!

I agree that anybody that thinks of this band as a typical street punk or oi band is completely off the mark. I listened to quite a bit of their music last night and to me they just sound like a punk band that plays straight up rock n roll.

Dave said...

"Don’t Let the Bastards Bring You Down" is my favorite on this record too. That and "Another Night," “Little Wild Heart,” and “Mile Marker 141.”

And you hit the nail on the head that the Falcons' are a punk band that plays straight up rock 'n' roll. Now if we could just get the stigma (for lack of a better word) of street punk off the band I think that they could be a hit with fans of The Hold Steady, Two Cow Garage, The Gaslight Anthem, and Lucero.