Doc Yates and the Kings Evil turn out an unexpected album with their self-release Sweat it Out due out on Friday the 13th in January of 2017. It’s a mix of folk rock that is oddly enough country to test boundaries between genres and make it a true stand alone album.
The opening track “Blue Skies, Green Eyes” and “Daisy” seem to almost be a tribute to a love interest of sorts that made for a fun story but maybe a little too predictable. These two songs were something I could take or leave.
It didn't get interesting for me until we got to “Four Fingers of Whiskey.” This song could be the break-out hit of the album with a table turning from love to recovering from a love lost. It's something many people can identify with and was a solid stage for the band’s style, rock roots and just a bit of the hard metal blues. The band is all over the place at times and that’s what seems to work so well for them.
“Shakem Down” takes the band back to a very classic rock feel with an undertone of rock legends from the ’60s with again enough country to be slightly different. I am not sure where this one fits but I just know I liked the song.
“Hard Road Home” was more country than most of the other songs; it seemed like something you may hear from a classic Garth Brooks album or the like. It was something different but it didn't feel as much of a fit for the album as the other songs did. “First Dance” was an unexpected slow song I enjoyed but again it left me trying to figure out just where the band fits into the overall music class.
“All That I Needed” was a true bluegrass meets classic rock song that gave the listener yet another side of the band. This was my favorite song on the album just for the interesting vocals and the pace of the song. It was familiar yet different in a way that works for this band. “Closer” was a fitting end to the set and I looked forward to hearing more from the band.
I enjoyed the album because it was challenging yet partly familiar. It was easy to get into but also enough of a change to leave me trying to figure out just what to call their musical style. I was left wanting more and very interested in seeing how this album performs once it is actually available.
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