June 30, 2008

The Dutchess And The Duke - She's The Dutchess, He's The Duke (2008)

While I am not usually a fan of folk music, the Dutchess and the Duke add a heavy dose of the Rolling Stones' version of the blues to theirs, incorporating a sinister and snaking guitar line straight out of "Paint It Black" into "The Prisoner". A lot of the songs actually sound like acoustic versions of garage rockers, capturing that same rock n' roll snarl. That's not to say they sound unfinished. The songs are consistently pretty cool and the guy/girl harmonies create a ramshackle intimacy. Plus, they sing about fucking in a phone booth in "Strangers". "Armageddon Song" reminds me of Brian Jonestown Massacre, back when they were good, circa Thank God For Mental Illness. "I Am Just A Ghost" is another standout track. I'm excited to see them open for the Fleet Foxes.