It never ceases to amaze me how I am always slacking when it comes to writing about CDs I get in the mail, since I don’t ask for CDs I don’t like. While it could just be my regular ‘ol laziness, I’m going to go ahead and say it’s because it’s harder to write about an album than it is to write about a single song. And when the CD turns out to be decidedly different than you expected, it makes it even harder. So when I got Over The Hill‘s self-titled debut in the mail, expecting something resembling fairly standard country, I was at least slightly surprised to hear all of its psychedelic influences. The opener of Divorce would make it seem like a regular country song (not to mention the title), and then they throw some psychedelic keyboarding at you and while it’s hardly an expected transition, it still manages to work out fine.
The songwriter’s also got a book out, and if you’ve spent more than a few years on the Internet, you will have no trouble understanding it.