Texas Fog Society - Texas Fog Society (Nasoni Records, 1998)
Coming off as a cross between more low-keyed Cream meets dreamy atmospheric Jimi Hendrix, The Texas Fog Society, on this limited edition of 500 copies, has songs such as “Voodoo Gypsy” that sonically and emotionally roll right along at a steady stoner pace, laced with effects pedals, creating a layered embodiment reminiscent of the Blues/Rock genre of the latter 60’s, delivering for the most part, music that’s suitable for an enhanced nocturnal adventure.
That being said, I can in all honesty only suggest three of the songs to you, as when numbers such as “J Ride The Wind,” “JT’s Alright” and “Scorpion” take the stage, songs that heavily rely on the vocals, there is much to be desired … though [laughing], hearing these vocals stumble from your speakers, there’s not a person in the world who won’t think that their voice is every bit as good, if not better … and that’s a sincere shame, because musically these tracks are downright sleeve tuggers. Aside from that, there’s a psychedelic garage take to several of the tracks as well, songs that come at you sideways, and again, it’s not the music, it’s the vocal range of the lead singer that keeps this from being a highly charted album.
The keepers are “Texas Fog Theme,” “The River” and “Voodoo Gypsy,” suggesting to me that the band was in dire need of a guiding hand and an an outside production team, because they sound as if they’re relying entirely on themselves, or have no one around them willing to say “no.”
Of course this begs the question, “Am I happy with the songs that I kept?” The answer is, “Very much so!”
- Jenell Kesler
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