Johnny Dowd, Pictures From Life’s Other Side

Jon Langford (Mekons)

By Jon Langford (Mekons)

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Countryfolkrocker voices even more wry murder ballads

I first heard this album while driving home from Nashville in the middle of the night in the Waco Brothers van and remember being filled with a mixture of hilarity and dread as the dark lord of Ithaca describes the car crash that left his girlfriend in a coma down in Paul's Valley, Oklahoma. "I was drunk that night!" he screams, and confesses he had his hand down her jeans when he should have been watching the road. Every song a gem, even the one where he's reading the lyrics off a bit of paper then gets pissed off and screws them up in a ball and aborts the tune.