Thursday, February 14, 2013

Album Review: Red Jacket Mine -Someone Else's Cake

Red Jacket Mine
Someone Else's Cake
*** out of *****

The Lincoln Barr lead Red Jacket Mine has put out their third album, Someone Else's Cake, a solid collection of robust pop tracks.  Think of a relaxed Elvis Costello with an extra sprinkling of soul and you will get a sense of what Barr and crew are all about.  

Someone Else's Cake grows as it progresses, early on the organ fueled pop rock of "Amy" and "Nickel & Dime" is catchy fun if not all that exciting, but things really flush out on the flip-side of the album.  "Better To Be Broken Than Blind" is a horn drenched heart-breaker that raises the bar before the title track shows off the most complete sweet pop-rocking effort on the disk.

Even when the band switches gears and goes for some alt-country on "Have You Got A Permit To Preach On This Corner" they succeed with a tongue-in-cheek ballad.  Barr closes things out on a high note as well with the hip shaking "Bellar & Bawl".

At times reminding of a funkier Wilco, or less experimental My Morning Jacket, Red Jacket Mine are using tried and true pop rock formula's to craft a solid album that is breezy and fun, give it a spin.     
Another winning release from Fin Records, Red Jacket Mine prove here that you don't need to reinvent the wheel each time out to create a solid effort. 
Support the band here, Buy the album here (it is out on 2/19), and peep some samples below:
"Bellar & Bawl"

"Listen Up (If The World Is Going To Hell)"

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