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Morning 40 Federation
Morning 40 Federation
M80 Music

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The self-titled debut of the Morning 40 Federation is a Big Bad Wolf of an album. However, while blood and fangs shine from peripheral view, a more prominent image is that of the seminal cartoon wolf - lean, poured into a Zoot Suit, whistling at some curvaceous blonde dame. There's bourbon, brimstone and flappers, Tom Waits, Jon Spencer and David Lynch. As the album rolls around in the fun of debauchery, at least we know it's going to be a good time.

If the prize alt-country label, Bloodshot Records, were based out of New Orleans, the Morning 40 Federation would be their first signing. Their entire debut plays like a dark storybook, warning children of the devil with rustic, too-accurate accounts. All the while, it plays with booze and blues, infectious, howling guitars and rambunctious, danceable melodies. It has fun in sketchy locales - the album is larger than life, from the bog of the swamp to the sticky heat of the red light district.

Moments of questionable morals and musical greatness abound. The tail-shaking din of "Headlamp" and the seductively evil swagger of "Bottom Shelf Blues" are both fantastic; the roaring, uninhibited craze of "Chew It" plays right to the crowd, and the utter sincerity and aptly mournful title of "Sorry Mom (I'm a Drunk)" grows like a weed in your consciousness. By the time their first, rollicking release is through, we know that the Morning 40 Federation aren't exactly the good guys, but that's what makes it so easy to root for them.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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