Howe Gelb: Bill Carter
Brian Hiatt
December 22, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Still Lookin' Good to Me

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Thrill Jockey

We gave it a B

Still Lookin’ Good to Me, the first album in 13 years from The Band of Blacky Ranchette, the country side project of Giant Sand mastermind Howe Gelb, is a quirky mix of throwaways (a sloppy ”Working on the Railroad”) and impeccable pastiches (”Bored Lil’ Devil,” which, tragically, cries out for a Johnny Cash cover). The CD effectively uses guests, from Richard Buckner and Neko Case playing Gram and Emmylou (”Getting It Made”) to Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner speak-singing lo-fi blues (”The Muss of Paradise”). Bonus points for the use of dichotomy in a C&W tune.

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