Dead Fingers

Dead Fingers

by David Maine

8 March 2012

 

Country-esque duo offers a mixed bag

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Dead Fingers

Dead Fingers

(Fat Possum)
US: 18 Feb 2012
UK: Import

Dead Fingers sounds like the name of a punk band, or at least a rockabilly-inflected garage band a la The Cramps, but no: this duo plays mainly acoustic, country-tinged tunes, heavy on the slower tunes. There’s not much that calls attention to itself, for better or for worse. The vocals, from Taylor and Kate Hollingsworth, are expressive enough and harmonize nicely, notwithstanding Taylor’s self-conscious Dylanisms on “Another Planet,” “Hold On To” and “Ring Around Saturn.” The guitar playing gets the job done, though the preponderance of acoustic sounds ensures that the overarching vibe on the album is one of low-key introspection. When the electricity is turned up, as on the Lynyrd Skynyrd-flavored honkytonk of “Against the River” and the gritty slide guitar of album standout “Never Be My Man,” the results are noticeably better. A pleasant enough album, then, but far from a compelling one.

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