Let me just start off by saying that this review has been a long time coming; Keith Morris was kind enough to send a CD to me a few months back, which I received and have listened to on a few occasions. I promised to write a review, but have not been able to do so until now (for various reasons). Can I also mention I’m terrible at writing reviews “like a pro”?
Putting that aside, Love Wounds & Mars (2013, Mista Boo Music, Inc) by Keith Morris & The Crooked Numbers can be classified primarily as a country rock album. However, there’s too much going on with this album that it’s not fair to lump it into one sole category.
There are actually a number of different influences showing through when you go down the track list. Like I said, predominantly this is a country-rock album – but there’s also some straight country, some blues, some jazz, and some rock. There are also some occasions of call and answer in there, which I really like.
The lyrics are also quite thoughtful and tell some great stories. Keith Morris & The Crooked Numbers definitely had some fun putting this album together, and it shows. I think if you give the CD a listen, you’ll find something on there that will keep you coming back. For me, it was the third track – Leora Brown. Every now and then I hear the blues-y based chorus going through my head and I have to just cue it up and listen through.
I highly recommend Love Wounds & Mars – you won’t regret picking it up. Expect to hear some of his tracks on upcoming episodes of Alternative Airwaves.