Hoozbah – Do Better

Funny Little Situation is the lead-off track from Hoozbah’s new release, Do Better. The track calls back to the alt-rock of the 1990s with nods to acts like The Dandy Warhols and Pulp. A lush production is present here, allowing the assertive guitars and Depeche Mode-infused vocals to shine separately or on their own. Slip n Slide shifts things up with a bit of blues a bit of rock, and a call back to the down and dirty rock of 38 Special or Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. The highlight during Slip n Slide has to be the sizzling guitar work that leads the track out. Hoozbah is able to go all-in here with an impromptu jam, jazzing listeners up for Tell Me Something.

Tell Me Something is the release’s workhorse, clocking in at a hair underneath the six-minute mark. During this effort, Hoozbah is able to take their time to establish a cogent narrative. Dreamy drums and guitars are just part of the effort, which adopts hints of Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead. Ample instrumental interludes are placed alongside the touching and thoughtful vocals. Strap on a pair of headphones and delve deep into Tell Me Something to really hear something masterful. Come As You Wanted (me to stay) has traces of surf, 1960s pop / rock, and the easy listening of the 1970s. Multiple vocals push this effort to an entirely higher plateau. Champagne Cocaine is the final track on Do Better, with a bit of honky-tonk and vocals that effortlessly meld together Elvis and Warren Zevon. The guitars and vocals battle back and forth here while the drums are able to provide further depth.

Top Tracks: Tell Me Something, Come As You Wanted (me to stay)

Rating: 8.7/10

Visit our previous pieces about Hoozbah’s Kneel to the Power and Be My Queen.

Hoozbah – Do Better / 2019 Self Released / 8 Tracks /  Facebook / Instagram

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