Listening to BatRacers' cover of I Thank You, written by David Porter and Isaac Hayes, recorded by Sam and Dave and most notably ZZ Top (Deguello 1979), the listener will get sense of their musical influence and direction on their EP Big Cash. It's interesting and eclectic. Sam and Dave gave I Thank You soul, ZZ Top Texas blues and boogie. On Big Cash, BatRacers mashes their classic rock with vintage Brit rock and American 70's rock (maybe Grand Funk) and then strains it through Memphis blues and southern rock. Frankly, after several spins, they left me perplexed and unconvinced.
With little doubt, I'm impressed with their fine talent and their song composition. But nothing truly gripped me here. Well, possibly the parts. Jimmy Enright's piano work is quite entertaining throughout, especially when in the blues mood. Mike Enright can rip it up on guitar: fine stuff on Pull the Trigger. Big Cash and She Might Be sounds like Mott the Hoople filtered through Memphis, or refugees from lost Free recordings. Pull the Trigger is a classic rocker in a pure 70's sense. I'm nearly ambivalent on the I Thank You cover simply because I can't stand the song; even though I love ZZ Top, they stumbled here and so did Batracers. As for the rest, the unmentioned stuff: a shrug of the shoulders.
Generally, ambivalence may summarize my feelings about BatRacer's Big Cash. There's loads of talent here, and the album has moments of interest and entertainment, but ultimately Big Cash is dodgy and unpersuasive. Nevertheless, this work is a modern version of vintage 70's classic rock. Visit their site and give them I listen for yourself: your opinion my differ.
Generally, ambivalence may summarize my feelings about BatRacer's Big Cash. There's loads of talent here, and the album has moments of interest and entertainment, but ultimately Big Cash is dodgy and unpersuasive.
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