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Dexateens reviewed

| June 1, 2009 | 0 Comments



Southern music frequently treats poverty with a kind of patriotism, framing hardship as a speedbump on the way to better things or a loving sacrifice for children, etc. When it’s not, it’s a stock reason for getting drunk. Spurred on by their fans in Drive-By Truckers, Dexateens mix in some Stonesy rock to get a less-appealing point across: Being poor sucks.

Their just-released Singlewide doesn’t labor the point because the album’s sound does it well enough: outcasts who want to drop acid a la Meat Puppets and do a one-off re-record of Exile On Main Street, but the guy delivering the hits ran off with the cash. This third set of songs drops the cheap-booze ’70s stadium rock of their first two records, ratcheting as far down as the banjo on some entries. A perpetual overcast fuels their angst, however, as even the semi-upbeat title track seems to wish it were born in brighter circumstances.


Steve Forstneger

Click here to download “Neil Armstrong” from 2007’s Hardwire Healing.


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