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3 stars Who knew? Apparently Motorpsycho is not only Norway's top grungy alternative rock and heavy psychedelic prog band, but its finest retro country export as well. Recorded in the midst of their early grunge phase (with additional musicians to the core of Saether/Ryan/Gephardt), it doesn't yet approach the country/pop/rock perfection of the much later International Tussler Society album, but its a start. For an album that was probably conceived in the kitchen room (where Soviet rock was proudly born as well!), its sounds full-bodied in its instrumentation, with pedal steel, guitars, banjo, piano and the occasional yee-haw! all coming out nicely, if not exactly loudly, in the mix.
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3 stars Through their career, Motorpsycho has released a lot of albums and EPs, and they have explored a lot of different genres, including excellent progressive rock. Sometimes they are a little questionable, but sometimes doing quite well. In their early years, they played some decent stoner rock, and it was during this time that they went completely out of their element and did a country rock soundtrack to an imaginary western movie. The trio added several other musicians and put out this album, and later this incarnation of the band became known as 'The International Tussler Society'. The put out this album, rejoined a few times to do some live shows, and in 2004 released a 2nd album. These albums are shown together with the rest of Motorpsycho's discography.

So, this is far from progressive rock, at least on this, their 4th album, as it is straight out alternative country rock. As far as that style goes, they do a pretty believable job of it, even for being from Norway. They play a lot of covers and originals. The album doesn't really sound much like a soundtrack as it does a bunch of country songs with an alternative flair. The 'theme' is an instrumental bluegrass song, but the others are all alt-country. They have a slightly garage sound to their style of alt-country, so it doesn't have that 'perfect' sound that popular country has, thank goodness.

I can at least give this a 3 star rating since it is a lot of fun and a decent enough album for the style of music it is. They released 2 reissues through the year, one in 1996, where they added 4 more tracks, and then again in 2003, where they added even another 6 bonus tracks to that, so if you find this latest reissue, you get a total of 21 tracks and that's not too bad for the price. Anyway, if you like your alt-country in the style of 'Widespread Panic' or 'Leftover Salmon' then this will appeal to you. But, for a progressive rock site, it really doesn't have anything to offer except for a fun time.

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