Working Class Hussys – Diary of a Blue Collar Cracker (CD)

 

Diary of a Blue Collar Cracker is an album that immediately introduces itself to listeners; Break, the album’s first track is inspirational and gets listeners excited about what will ultimately follow. Working Class Hussys have the ability to turn on a dime stylistically; it is this eclectic flair that fuels Diary of a Blue Collar Cracker. Somewhere You’re Smiling has a John Denver meets Simon and Garfunkel; there are hints of crunchiness that places this track in the realm of Ween or early Everclear.

Whiter Shades of Trash builds off of the contributions that earlier album efforts have provided and twists them into a Ben Folds-esque ballad. Nobody Knows My Pain is a late-album track that will turn heads. The arrangement has a bouncy beat that is utterly complex; what would sound so great on an alt-rock station is leagues more deep than similar albums. The Working Class Hussys come with a fire reminiscent of early (Blue Album / Pinkerton)-era Weezer; the band is clearly having fun and making music that is unparalleled.

Diary of a Blue Collar Cracker is an offbeat album that will ultimately be seen as a blueprint for a new form of music. The different drummer that Working Class Hussys follow makes for an album that will always put a smile on your face, even as the band is able to rack up single after single. I would personally love to see Working Class Hussys take the stage; I feel that the band’s personality would be magnified with a live performance. Diary of a Blue Collar Cracker is one of the most memorable albums that we have had the chance to review this year.

Top Tracks: Whiter Shades of Trash, Nobody Knows My Pain

Rating: 8.7/10

Working Class Hussys – Diary of a Blue Collar Cracker (CD) / 2012 Self / 10 Tracks / http://www.facebook.com/WCHBand

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

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