Album Review – Jeff Walker und Die Flüffers “Welcome to Carcass Cuntry” 2006

  Anyone expecting the other shoe to drop or the punchline to reveal itself is in for a surprise on this buried treasure. This collection of ostensibly straight-faced country tracks performed by Carcass’ main man (and bandmates ranging from his usual suspects to most members of Amorphis) turns out to be just that. Walker does drop the odd death growl or momentary blast beat into the proceedings, but it’s always in the interest of atmosphere and expression rather than sending up the source material. He’s chosen his backers well, as the Finns seem to naturally get the potential for despair and black comedy that American country music provides.

It doesn’t always work – “The Man Comes Around” is a bit longer and more ponderous than it needs to be, but Walker deserves full marks for doing anything Cash and coming out alive on the other side. Other tracks fare better, as “I Just Dropped In (to See what Condition My Condition was In)” takes on an air of psychedelic menace and “Once a Day” maintains its heart-rending simplicity. The real party and money shot is saved for album closer “Keep On Rocking in the Free World”, where the Flüffers really let their guitar mastery wail. The axe work on this track alone gives this record legitimacy in any rock genre and lets it stand pretty damn close to the original version.

Solid material, and far better than the novelty-packaged premise. 8 out of 10

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