John Moreland - Big Bad Luv LP

John Moreland - Big Bad Luv LP

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Following up the breakthrough is a tricky business. The easiest thing for John Moreland to do following the success of his 2015 album High On Tulsa Heat would have been to deliver a sequel-like rehash of the acoustic glories of that album. Instead he beefs things and takes a full-band approach on Big Bad Luv, which contains almost as many hooks as it does Moreland‰۪s hard-earned kernels of truth.

You can sense the difference right off the bat with ‰ÛÏSalisaw Blue,‰۝ which delivers some serious heartland crunch. ‰ÛÏAin‰۪t We Gold‰۝ flirts with funk, while ‰ÛÏIt Don‰۪t Suit Me (Like Before)‰۝ locates a chugging, Allman Brothers-style groove. Even mid-tempo numbers like ‰ÛÏLies I Chose To Believe‰۝ and ‰ÛÏAmen, So Be It‰۝ find ways to engage the listener rhythmically as Moreland does his typically astute job with lyrics.