Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Karl Hendricks Trio - The Adult Section LP

Comedy Minus One (2012)

I first heard of the Karl Hendricks Trio back when I was in high school. A friend of mine named Pat let me borrow his copy of their first album, Buick Elektra. From the first minute of the song Dead Flowers, I was totally hooked. I've been buying Karl Hendricks Trio records for almost 20 years now. I'm always surprised when this band puts out a new release, and I'm even more surprised that they are always good. How a songwriter maintains that level of consistency for so long is beyond me.

The Adult Section pairs Karl's distinctive croon with the kind of soaring guitar solo's that fans of Dinosaur Jr. should probably pay more attention too. And while Karl has evolved from the 'heart-on-your-sleeve' broken down lyrics of his earliest material, The Adult Section finds him still able to connect with his subject matter, in this case often about the day to day slog of just getting through life. It's pretty insane that The Karl Hendricks Trio are able to be as relevant as they are after all this time. I've always felt that they were a band that never got their due and I'm hopeful things will change for them with this record. If not, I'll still be first in line when their next album comes out.

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