“Crazy For Loving” and “Heartbroke and Busted,” both of which benefit from the excellent guest fiddling of Dave Mason, scream with hooks as long as one doesn’t concentrate on the words. “Take That Ride” comes closer to the mark, but—with verses about losing a job and choruses about riding a horse—still misses somehow lyrically. “Red Hot Woman” veers from the country tack by going full-tilt rockabilly and it succeeds on all fronts, lyrically as well as musically, by—oddly enough—staying true to formula.
The bones are here for a great little record, but the Crossroads Band should strive to make its lyrics match the high quality of its music. www.crossrdsband.com.