‘Science From an Easy Chair’
Have Gun, Will Travel (This Is American)
4 stars out of 5
“Science From an Easy Chair,” the fifth studio effort from Florida roots collective Have Gun, Will Travel, is pretty heady stuff. The 12-track release is a concept album based on British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 1914-16 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The record, which draws its name from a book the exploration team would read aloud from during their ordeal, delivers its own interpretation of Shackleton’s amazing story of survival and endurance.
Have Gun, Will Travel have forged out a solid career by combining elements of folk, pop, rock, punk and country into a sound all their own. That gives their music an eclectic element that works well on “Science From an Easy Chair.” Though the subject matter of the record might seem daunting, the songs are nothing short of entertaining.
After a middling start with the Shackleton-inspired spoken word “By Endurance We Conquer,” the album really kicks into gear. Along the way are standouts “Spirit of Discovery,” “True Believers,” “Good Night, Sweet Chariot,” personal favorite “Good Old Shakespeare,” “The Rescue Party” and “Bottom of the World.” This one merits some attention … and you might learn a thing or two along the way. (Jeffrey Sisk)