THe BAcksliders have rightfully garnered a reputation in North Texas as a band that righteously rocks. And on their latest record, the Bonner-intensive group (Kim fronts the band, her husband Chris plays guitar, his brother Jason plays bass) manages to continue rocking, even if they seem to be holding back a bit.
Sonically diverse, the new record shares more of a musical kinship with the band's 2006 self-titled effort than it does with their ballsy, blistering 2009 album, Thank You. Ultimately, that's all fine and well: Kim's vocal performance here is as engaging as ever. But while her gritty snarl of a vocal should be what Urban Dictionary uses as its example for "sexy rocker voice," the relative musical restraint in a tune such as "I Don't Even Want to Talk to You" undermines her gift instead of highlighting it.
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In another sense, though, the choice to not turn every cut into an amp-blaster is a refreshing one. This self-assured veteran group is deservedly secure in their abilities. And, indeed, that security is the very reason that this tight collection is a legitimate rock record, and not merely a loud one.