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Kerosene Communion

by The Robber Barons

A combination of roots rock, alt-country and southern gothic folk.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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1. Still
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2. Slide On A Rail
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3. Mountain Time
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4. Cold Wind Suddenly
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5. Useful Sound
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6. Deguello Waltz
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7. Waxahachie
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8. Today (is the Day)
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9. Harris County Ignorance Blues
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10. Even Though
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11. Bare November Days
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The Robber Barons took the alt-country community by surprise with their 2004 debut cd, Dragging The River. With the release of the follow up, Kerosene Communion, they've made the leap from roots rock upstarts to one of the most sincere and promising Americana tinged bands in the country.
The band delivers well crafted songs formed by a rich and organic sound with lyrics well suited for these troubled times. Top notch production from Michael Wilson (Paula Frazer) fully captures the dark honesty and haunted desperation of those forsaken by the American dream. With Kerosene Communion, The Robber Barons deliver a collection of songs that is at the same time immediate and timeless.


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Tim Wesolowski

Pre-release review - Two thumbs up!
First off, let me say that the first time I heard it, I didn't know what to think. I knew I loved it, but it all reminded me off a soundtrack with very well placed songs. I had just learned that my uncle had died of cancer. He died earlier in the afternoon, but I didn't learn about it until about 20 minutes before eating dinner. And I put on the album during dinner. "Slide on a Rail" really touched me. It's a gorgeous song (which I knew thanks to your website and MySpace), but it has a whole new meaning now.

Good choice, opening with "Still." Although I don't like it as much as others ("Slide" and "Cold Wind" to name a few), it is a very strong tune. It blends perfectly into "Slide" which flows beautifully into "Mountain Time." "Cold Wind" busts into the record forcefully, and leaves a lasting impression. A real head-nodder. "Waxahachie" is a nice number to show some variety in your repetoire, not to mention a solid tune. A nice upbeat break after "Waltz" - beautiful.

I do find the first half of the album to be easier to listen to than the latter, but that's not a bad thing. Because these tracks are very creative and thoughtful. They remind me the most of "Dragging the River" (excepting "Waxahachie"). And to compare "Kerosene" to your other records: EP - great, fresh songs, recording quality OK, but not great. The songs are a bit repetitve, but some real gems. "Dragging the River" - A strong debut reocrd. Serious. "Westbound Tomorrow" is one of the most beautifully written songs I've ever heard. It's touched me and several of my friends with it's musical power. Thank you for recording such a wonderful song. (The others are great as well, of course.) But it's on "Kerosene" that you seem to have truly found your musical voice. A distinct Robber Barons sound, that sits apart from most other bands of today.