High Heeled Lovin' Machine, The Flatfoot Shakers
Tagalong Records TAG001

The Flatfoot Shakers from Down Under released their fourth album. Fifteen new songs from the pen of singer/composer Kieron McDonalds. I must confess I'm not too familiar with their other material, three CD's! After listening to this CD that will change, starting this week I will try to lay my hands on the other three records and give them a listen. It's not that I'm totally blown away by this release, the bulk of songs on the CD are medium-tempo foottappers not able to let my blood run any faster. Most songs are too much country, too mild and lack the charisma to grab me by the balls. But that's my personal view and taste, so sue me ;-)

But don't let me give you the impression that this is a crap album! Ok, maybe not easy to grasp, after you read my introduction, but read on. If you're one of those rockabillies that, like a good deal of'm, also really dig C&W and Western Swing, and even a stray Hank Williams Jr song, than you could easily buy this CD and never ever regret that you did.

The first five songs are a liking to my taste, good ol' plain rock 'n' roll with a strong dash of rockabilly straight from the history books. The album takes off with "Hypnotized", a strong rocker and well produced song. Original sound and swinging till the last note. Same goes for the next one, "Little Girl". The title song "High Heeled Lovin' Machine" would be my personal favorite on this album. "Shakin" vocals straight from the jukebox era and Pete Bailor throwing in a beautiful catchy guitar riff.

Next one is a train song. Lotsa songs have been written over the iron horse bringing loved ones back or taking them away. Personally I think the steamloc has given most songwriters a perfect excuse to write some of the greatest songs ever written. This one is not the best train song I ever heard, that honor would go to Sleepy La Beef's "I'm Through" but certainly this one earned itself a high rank amongst my favorites. "Blow Whistle Blow" has a strong Lonnie Donegan flavor and showcases one of the many voices Kieron McDonald masters. Number five, "Greasy Hair" is another strong song in the line of "High Heeled Lovin' Machine". I would have loved a CD full of this, but alas the album takes a sharp bend to Western Swing after these five excellent songs. As said, not my cuppa, but I'm enough of a music lover to appreciate professionalism and creative talent. So if you're on to this style, then you should listen to this album and I bet you wont be dissapointed. There's also two ballads on this release, of which "(You Don't See Me) Through their Eyes" made a deep impression on me, although I would've appreaciated a little more torture in Kieron's voice.

The Flatfoot Shakers are:
Kieron McDonald - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Peter Baylor - Lead Guitar
Jamie Vancam - Drums
Andy Scott - Doghouse Bass & Backing Vocals

Hypnotised / Little Girl / High Heeled Lovin' Machine / Blow Whistle Blow / Greasy Hair / Bushmans Boogie / The Gravy Train / Swamp Bop Hop / I Can't Seem to Make it Real / Rocketship to the Moon / (You Don't See Me) Through their Eyes / Boppin' All the Time / Cheap Perfume / Real Gone Daddy / Hard Headed

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Reviewed by Uncle_B, 2004