Though my first impressions of Toronto-based musician Slim Twig’s 2014 full-length “A Hound at the Hem” weren’t great, I ultimately found that record growing on me over time and gave him the benefit of the doubt in my review last October. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for latest effort “Thank You for Stickin’ With Slim Twig.”
My first impressions were equally poor on this 13-track, 40-minute slab and no matter how many spins I give it — I managed to struggle through the record from beginning to end three times — it just doesn’t get any better. There are occasional moments that work here, but sadly they are too few and far between to salvage the recording.
Highlights, such as they are, include “A Woman’s Touch (It’s No Coincidence),” “Red Roll Red Roll (Song for Steubenville)” and “Fog of Sex (N.S.I.S.) — Slim is fond of the parentheses — but only the most patient of listeners figure to take the time to uncover them. (Jeffrey Sisk)