February 10, 2010

The Heavy - The House That Dirt Built (2009)

Man, did we ever drop the ball on this one. The band from Noid strikes again, and the QCers are caught with their pants down. After Nuts broke The Heavy back in May of 08 and then they slotted in at 21 on QuickCrit's Top 35 Albums of 2008 it should have been a given that their sophomore release, The House That Dirt Built, would have been quick out of the gate, but alas all we plugged was the video for "How You Like Me Now?" Don't let our neglect fool you, this album rocks some serious soul sauce. After much deliberation, someone, I forget who exactly, decided the only way to classify the sexy, gritty swagger of Kelvin Swaby's vocals and the funky, dance-inducing grooves is as hot, sweaty "stripper soul." And with The Heavy a new genre was born. Well, I won't linger too much cause it's obvious that you should either: (a) already rock this band heavily, or (b) will be doing so shortly. Other tracks to get in your all-purpose play-list immediately are: "Sixteen," "No Time," "What You Want Me To Do?" and, my personal favorite, "Short Change Hero." Also, let it be known, this is the last time I put something so awesome off for so long.

9 Comments:

awmercy said...

"Short Change Hero" is my favorite too.

awmercy said...

I'm bummed I missed them when they toured the West Coast last fall.

Nightrain said...

Yeah. Dang!

awmercy said...

The beat on "Sixteen" is straight from Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On You".

Nightrain said...

For sure. Very voodoo-soul.

sandenuts said...

I am ashamed that I missed this, but even more ashamed that I gave a brief listen a while back and didn't really like it. I guess I was just expecting way too much, and after listening again I realize I seriously misjudged this

Nightrain said...

No problem, dude.

Mona said...

You are crazy, haha. I gotta ask... "stripper soul?" Did you coin this term? Hysterical, if so.

Nightrain said...

Either me, Sandenuts or someone else close to the cult. I really can't remember. We keep this kind of genius REALLY close to the chest.