2012 has been a good year for Nashville’s own NATURAL CHILD. Hard in Heaven is their second album of the year and also their second for Burger Records, coming with a bit of a different angle than For the Love of the Game.
By now it’s probably safe to say that we know what these guys are all about, from their bluesy sound all the way down to their mischievous, fun-loving attitude. As far as Hard in Heaven goes, they’re sticking to that attitude without any doubts. If you can recall, For the Love of the Game definitely saw Natural Child going for a more folksy, alt-country sound with plenty of mellow twanging. On Hard in Heaven they get back to what they do best with some heavy blues rocking action, but they still manage to give us the best of both worlds.
Tracks like “Hard in Heaven” or “Low Down Blues” shows off the softer side in their sound, bringing us two gently weeping rockers that help to slow the overall pace of the record. Aside from those and maybe the folksy twangs of “Let the Good Times Roll,” this album is as straightforward as it could be with it’s high-voltage guitars and bluesy, electrified sound. This should become clear immediately in an opening track like “Laid, Paid, and Strange,” which more or less sets you up with everything you need to know about this record. The same goes for the fiery “B$G P$MP$N” which is everything these guys stand for, while “Blind Owl Speaks” is a bluesy shuffle of sorts about gettin’ high in any way possible.
Don’t waste any more time, just dig into this stuff right now with these few tracks below. Be sure to head on over to the Burger Records store to snag an LP – only 350 on black vinyl remain!
Laid, Paid, and Strange –
B$G P$MP$N –
Let the Good Times Roll –
My Rating: SS
Genre/ Tags: Blues Rock, Psychedelic, Alternative
Hard in Heaven LP: Tracklist:
1.) Laid, Paid, and Strange
2.) Rock Bottom
3.) What You Gonna Do
4.) Hard in Heaven
5.) B$G P$MP$N
6.) Blind Owl Speaks
7.) Low Down Blues
8.) Derek’s Blues
9.) Let the Good Times Roll
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