Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Unentitled

I’ve never been much of a fan of country music, let alone any type of religious or revivalist gospel music.  But I came across Munly a few years ago and was blown away.  The songwriting was phenomenal.  The music was entertaining.  The musicianship was superb.  The storytelling was beyond belief.  It was through Munly that I came across Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, of which he’s a member. Where Munly’s solo releases are dark, gothic explorations of Americana, the Auto Club makes upbeat, gospel tinged country ditties that explore life in rural America.

“Unetitled”, The Auto Club’s latest release is another excellent release in a long stream of excellent releases. It’s fully immersed in country and gospel, however, this isn’t CMT style country and it’s certainly not what you’d hear at your local church, but it would sound great as the sound track to the final judgment.  Choirs swirling around acoustic guitars, banjos, organs and strings, “Unentitled” has a alt-country twang that complements the dual vocals of Slim and Munly. While much could be said about this album, I think the best compliment I can give is that it’s a genuinely entertaining album, one that’s dark but really fun.

~ by silentium1 on March 1, 2011.

3 Responses to “Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Unentitled”

  1. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is one of the best live bands ever!! When you see them the very first time, you hardly trust your ears and eyes, because you haven’t seen something breathtaking like this band!!!

    • I’ve heard how great they are live but haven’t had the chance to see them yet. I did pick up their live record, “Jesus Let Me Down” and was blown away. Next time they’re in Los Angeles, I will be there!

  2. Have been fortunate to “worship” at the Alter of SCAC several times. Their shows are fantastic. The problem is that any words I put down here cannot do justice to what they do. Have listened to the new album once and it is classic Slim Cessna, full, haunting, melodic and at times fast picking with Dark introspective lyrics exploring an imaginary world of poor lost, country folk, battling within themselves for control of their own souls with simple stories.

    Like any great artist the Auto Club paint pictures that grasp at an imagined possible reality that is distant, past, remote and yet somehow current and personal to all who question the balance of good versus evil and god and human nature and still manage to enjoy life and have a great time living it.

    Highly recommended. If you do not like it at first listen take a few times or explore the back catalog which can be more welcoming to the newcomer.

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