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Reviewed on 12th July 2004.


Unload Your Head

By Cardboard Cowboy

Punkabilly Pop Rock gunslingers swagger through ten fat tracks of rhinestone.


Here's the finished final debut album from Cardboard Cowboy in its Sunday Best Hat and Spurs. It looks great, it tells a good story, it seems legit. But what's the truth? Ant Pearson, Pat Moore, Mark Walmsley and Dave James have seen the Wanted Posters and they wear the Haunted Faces. Your reviewer has the Evidence.

Fact One. Issued by Slapdash Records in July 2004, after nearly three years of gestation and paturition from the womb of Zebraindustries.

Fact Two. Award Winning Logo (see above).

Fact Three. These guys wear Good Hats. (see inlay booklet)

Fact Four. "If It Don't Feel Like Rock And Roll" has an impeccable harmonica/lead guitar duet followed at 3 minutes 46 by the greatest repeat guitar phrase played by anyone this year, anywhere.

Fact Five. "The Rise and Fall of Ricky Rollercoaster" is a title which implies "Rock and Roll".

Fact Six. It also has some totally oh yes guitar bits and morphs Elvis Costello into someone else that I don't know the name of but it doesn't matter.

Fact Seven. And it tested positive for addictive content.

Fact Eight. Every time you think of some predecessor DNA (Talking Heads, Crowded House, The Pogues, Eels, Wilko .) another one arrives and you forget the first one.

Fact Nine. Which makes it individual and eclectic.

Fact Ten. "The Seven Year Bitch" is a killer title.

Fact Eleven. It's like a Cowboy Song with a great saloon piano part and appears at Track Seven.

Fact Twelve. Mojo Magazine said "perky popsters from Leeds have made a uniquely fine album of great songs" in a dream I had last night.

Fact Thirteen. That's enough facts.

GO and buy the bloody thing. OR download bits off the internet first if you're a GREENHORN WIMP and daren't do anything impulsive without checking first. They have a website. Track ten "Revolution" is my favourite right now. It's the one playing as I type. The bass line echoes that repeat bit from "If it Don't Feel ... " which is Thematically Astute. And the guitars whang out like leather belts in the sunshine at the end. Wooah!



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On 12th July 2004 at 14:46 Anonymous 1302 wrote...

nice review apart from the two fact 3's he he will defo give a listen



On 12th July 2004 at 16:09 Anonymous 2876 wrote...

have had the album for a few days now,and the laser hasnt been off it once.

It would be the perfect summer album, if only we had a summer


On 12th July 2004 at 16:31 Anonymous 251 wrote...

Woah !!! Sam gave it a 5!??!?!?!!!?!?! I am buying this bad boy!


On 12th July 2004 at 18:58 Anonymous 2823 wrote...

That review is bang on.


On 12th July 2004 at 20:33 Anonymous 13 wrote...

two fact threes? ... they're all opinions, surely? And have you noticed that if you subtract about 3.14 from opinions, you get onions?


On 12th July 2004 at 21:19 Dave LMS wrote...

Sam, I edited your review; what he means is that there were two "Fact Three" listed in the original.


On 12th July 2004 at 22:02 Anonymous 13 wrote...

You are a very good man and will go to heaven. But not for a long time I hope. Many thanks. I wondered how I'd managed to end up with 13 facts.


On 30th July 2004 at 10:14 Anonymous 251 wrote...

This is a good album by a good band. Boss Hog is super cool !


On 30th July 2004 at 10:28 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

I've only listened to it once so far and did enjoy it.



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