RRSL launches into its second disc railing against the unfairness of romance and the rock 'n' roll industry. The triple whammy of "What Do You Know," "American Bastard," and "The Score" dish out riotous double guitars punctuated by Andy Russell's sharp snare and thundering kick drum. Lyrical highlight: "I'm just the bastard of ceremonies singing with a fair degree of acrimony. How am I gonna please a bunch of drunks like these?"
-- Paige Travis, Metropulse (Knoxville, TN)
Russell's lyrics eloquently convey why many people wind up in bars on the weekend, beer bottle in hand, looking for catharsis in a rock n roll band. Rock 'n' roll may not have the answers, but the good songwriters like Russell understand the questions many of us confront on a daily basis. Together with the Sore Losers, Russell churns out music that somehow make those questions easier to face. In Russell's songs we see ourselves, over and over again.
The opening three tracks come fast and furious, reminding us why rock n roll first grabbed our attention. But it's the depth of the material that follows that ultimately gives "Lucky on the Side" its clout. Songs like "The Great Depression," "Its Time," and "World Turns Blue" pack emotional wallop in the best bar-band tradition, even as tempos slow.
-- Jim McGuinness, Kingsport Times-News