TAB the Band â€“ Pulling Out Just Enough To Win / 2007 Self / 11 Tracks / http://www.tabtheband.com /
â€œLe Colonelleâ€ is the first track on â€œPulling Out Just Enough To Winâ€, and what results is something that generally follows the retro rock sound of acts like 38 Special and The Rolling Stones. The band plays to the current period at times, but it feels much more often as if TAB The Band are trying to fit in well with the music of the middle 1970s. â€œSecretaryâ€™s Dayâ€ follows up â€œLe Colonelleâ€, and the track shows TAB the Band as an act that can vary their sound enough to keep individuals interested in what they have to say, even if the songs on â€œPulling Out Just Enough To Winâ€ do not vary in regards to the influences tapped. â€œSecretaryâ€™s Dayâ€ is a track that shows the band as pulling together in a much more successful way than they had during â€œLe Colonelleâ€, which makes this LP all the strongest.
â€œPaid For Byâ€ is the third track on the disc, and continues with the same general approach that TAB the Band had taken previously. Perhaps the strongest part of â€œPulling Out Just Enoughâ€ has to be the fact that the tracks all hover around the three minute mark. If the track seems to drag on at points, the band will soon jettison the sound present during the song for something significantly different (but as has been said, close enough to increase the cohesion of the album). What gets my attention has to be the track â€œThe House of El Ronâ€, which really gives individuals a sense of how down and dirty that TAB the Band can really get. The sound that the band crafts during this track can be heard in more current-sounding acts, such as Fu Manchu and Monster Magnet, but it is not hard to notice that the band is still working within in the seventies-influenced sound that has been cultivated during the previous tracks.
Of all the of the tracks on â€œPulling Out Just Enoughâ€, I feel that â€œThe House of El Ronâ€ will be the one that gets TAB the Band the furthest up the charts. Whether it be the guitar work or the funkiness inserted into the track, everyone will find something that they like here. If you miss the day of stoner rock, TAB the Band has thrown together 11 killer tracks onto one album. I have a feeling that TAB the Band will be on the tongues of music mavens the world over sooner rather than later.
Top Tracks: The House of El Ron, CYT