Apr 3, 2012

Retro Review - Jason Boland & The Stragglers Pearl Snaps

   In the wake of Jason Boland & The Stragglers' successful new album Rancho Alto I decided to take a trip back to his early days. Jason Boland released his debut album Pearl Snaps back in 1999. It has proven to be rather timeless and contained songs that are still a staple of Boland's stage show today. I have seen him live several times and by my count at least 8 of the 11 songs on this album are still part of his show.

    "Somewhere Down in Texas" is a lost love, dark clouds here but there is a ray of sunshine somewhere track... and my personal my favorite. But, a  close second is "Ponies" a dark, Armageddon laced, anthem to those trying to outrun their demons. "Proud Souls" is probably one of the most honest, tragic, and depressing songs lyrically that I have ever heard. It was written by Boland and first recorded by Cross Canadian Ragweed on their album Carney a year prior to the release of Pearl Snaps. Throw in "Telephone Romeo," "Backslider Blues," "Pearl Snaps," and the Oklahoma crowd favorite "If I Ever Get Back to Oklahoma" and you have an album that would still be a hit today. Song after song this album never lets you down. It is a simple, timeless classic that hasn't lost a step in 13 years.

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