Brian Setzer - Setzer Goes Instru--MENTAL
“Hot Love” would sound right at home in a Quentin Tarantino movie. It’s an electric guitar-driven instrumental that reminds me of something from the Ventures. Good walking music that would be great for either opening or closing credits. “Hot Love” is track ten on an eleven track album that hits the streets Tuesday, April 19, 2011.
For his seventh solo album (in a 43 year career), Setzer Goes Instru--MENTAL, Brian Setzer, Mr. Stray Cat himself, offers listeners eleven instrumental tracks. Backed by drummer Noah Levy and bassist Johnny “Spaz” Hatton, Setzer delivers with a variety of genres and demonstrates his prowess with both his signature Gretsch as well as a banjo.
The last time we saw Mr. Setzer, he was guesting on Jeff Beck’s tribute to Les Paul. It’s nice to see him back again making waves with instrumentals — literally. Track seven, “Go-Go Godzilla” is featured in a new film, Soul Surfer, starring AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt. While it could be a hit single, this writer prefers the more down home bluegrass of “Earl’s Breakdown” (perhaps due to local influence as we now live in the Great Smoky Mountains). Another favorite is “Far Noir East”, a dark, moody piece that takes you inside a smoky lounge where cigarette aromas linger heavily in the dim room while the humidity makes your clothes stick to your skin.
Track six, “Intermission” reminds us of those old tunes from the movies that typically would include lyrics encouraging the purchase of pop corn and Cokes. But don’t leave — you’ll miss five more memorable tracks.
Setzer Goes Intru--MENTAL will be available from all the usual sources as a download, CD, and a special picture disc vinyl issue. Long time fans will probably drool over this release, while it makes a great intro for newbies.