Bottle Rockets in peak form on ‘South Broadway Athletic Club’

(Photo by Otis Gibbs)

(Photo by Otis Gibbs)

‘South Broadway Athletic Club’
The Bottle Rockets (Bloodshot)
4 stars out of 5

St. Louis-based rootsy rockers The Bottle Rockets have been making quality music for more than 20 years and show no signs of slowing down with latest full-length “South Broadway Athletic Club.” It’s the band’s 12th album overall, but their first studio effort since the terrific one-two punch of 2006’s “Zoysia” and 2009’s “Lean Forward.”

The Bottle Rockets CDThe wait proves to be well worth it (though, to be fair, The Bottle Rockets delivered a fantastic acoustic live album in 2011’s “Not So Loud”) as frontman Brian Henneman is on top of his game throughout the razor-sharp 11-track, 37-minute release. “South Broadway Athletic Club” boasts an eclectic sound with elements of alt country, power pop, roots rock and alternative rock.

The Bottle Rockets set the tone with the opening tandem of “Monday (Everytime I Turn Around) and “Big Lotsa Love,” and also score with keepers “Big Fat Nuthin’,” “Dog,” “Building Chryslers,” “XOYOU” and “Shape of a Wheel.” Highly recommended. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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