Mekons, 'Natural' (Quarterstick)

Critical Mass
Label: Quaterstick

by Jon Young

During an unpredictable 30-year run, Britain's Mekons have taken their scruffy '70s punk roots and pieced together a wonderfully literate version of American honky-tonk, among other eccentric strategies. Muttering Jon Langford, golden-toned Sally Timms, and the rest of this sweaty eight-strong mob are at their red-eyed best here, skirting the edges of chaos on ragged-but-right tunes like the harmonica-fueled tall tale "The Old Fox" and the fractured reggae shuffle "Cockermouth." They'd be the perfect support band for Bob Dylan, if he decides to get rowdy again.

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