1971 – Natural Child
Here’s my deal with Natural Child. While they have one or two songs that are worth noting, they kill themselves with the supposivly tongue-in-cheek stuff they do. Those first two singles had a couple of good riffs, but other than that, it sounded like they were trying to be catchy, but ended up sounding repetitive. That just didn’t sell me. The deal is, I wanted to like this band. They give throwbacks to the right bands, like weed more than I do, and seem like all around fun people. Unfortunately, the music does the talking on the new album once again. And it’s not as cool.
Don’t get me wrong, this album is filled with badass riffs and grooving bass lines. If it was an instrumental album, I’d probably think it was one of the best Rolling Stones throwback records that has been put out of Nashville. Before the naysayers get on me for saying that, the guitarist even referred to one of his guitars as a Keith Richards guitar (cause it had the same tuning) during their Grimey’s gig last week. Unfortunately, what slows down the overall sound of the band is the vocals and lyrics. They do fine on a couple of lines, but then the next few lines are just too dumb to be caught on record. Some lyrics sound like drunken improv you do when you’re playing the guitar at a party and trying to get a laugh out of the few people there. It might be semi-funny to a bunch of drunk people, but when I sober as a judge, it just feels lazy and kills the music for me.
In almost every review of this record, everyone’s trying to classify or look beyond all of the marijuana references to see these dudes as something else besides a stoner band. But seriously, they have one twitter account called naturalchild420. They released this LP on 4/20. Their show at Grimey’s last week was supposed to start at 4:20 PM. They make obvious nods to it on the record and past records. Fuck it, people. Even if you wanted to pretend there are discrepancies on the record to that theory, the band seems to make it pretty obvious that that’s what they’re going for. If not, they’re simply making shitty decisions. Everyone just needs to stop trying to tip toe around it and call a spade a spade.
Also, can anyone else tell the difference between this video (via Sinizine):
and this video?
Yeah me neither.
In closing, if these dudes dropped their goofy lyrics, their constant Stones and weed throwbacks (everyone digs both, but you gotta draw the line), they might have something here. Unfortunately, it seems like they still have their work cut out for them.
You can get “Hard Workin’ Man” right here, thanks to the Nashville Cream.