Alt/Punk | Rhapsody TV
June 18, 2012
On her Bloodshot debut -- full of distorted guitar, racing banjo lines and unaffected adoration of middle-finger-flipping mid-'90s alt-country -- Lydia Loveless' penchant for ranch, booze and rock 'n' roll is as timeless as her music is refreshing. On one tune, she rages through an alcoholic bender and contemplates atheism; on another, she channels Loretta Lynn and guzzles cheap wine. "Steve Earle" is all about how the godfather of alt-country keeps making pervy advances. And could you blame him? Loveless is the spunky, spirited kick in the ass that Earle's genre has needed for a generation.
Richard Hell set the standard for reckless hard-living and articulated (if in a simple way) the disengaged politics and decadent hedonism of a bunch of heroin-addicted pro-punks in the 1970s. No one could play bass with as much vengeance, and songs like the title track, "I'm Your Man" and "Pure Pleasure" almost stand the test of time.