Published On: Thu, Sep 14th, 2017

Album Review: The Cadillac Three – Legacy

Songs of love, liquor and life lessons from sons of the South.


Legacy

Just one year after the release of their sophomore album, Bury Me In My Boots, Nashville’s sons of Southern rock are back with another healthy dose of Dixie charm. However, those hoping for more of The Cadillac Three’s revved-up revelry may feel they’ve been left short changed.

In truth, Legacy lacks the grit of their earlier albums and moves more towards radio-friendly country and further away from their Southern rock roots.

The album opens with Cadillacin’, a ZZ Top-influenced stomper that showcases the band’s trademark swampy swagger. However, from here on in, Legacy loses its drive and embraces a softer sound, littered with Southern clichés. Cash, Jesus and whiskey all feature, though songwriter and frontman Jaren Johnston thankfully refrains from mentioning either catfish or his pickup truck.

Hank & Jesus is an infectious paean playing on one of country’s most enduring themes of a swingin’ Saturday night followed by a spiritual Sunday morning. Love Me Like Liquor injects some depth into Legacy with backing vocals from folk songstress Lori McKenna and is a definite highlight of the album. Johnston’s voice works in perfect harmony with McKenna’s to deliver
a soulful contemporary country ballad in spite of its over-egged lyrical content.

Some readers will already be familiar with Dang if We Didn’t, the first single released earlier this year. A bro-country singalong it is, but that doesn’t take away from Johnston’s powerful guitar and gravelly rasp that permeate the song. What’s more, Johnson’s skills as a wordsmith and his complete lack of pretension prevents the song from straying into Luke Bryan territory.

American Slang is pure trailer-park pop with a radio-ready chorus and hooks aplenty. Moving away from the good ole boy references, the album ends with its title track, Legacy, a simple love song with an easy charm and a broad appeal.
This may not be the album that fans were expecting, but if you can accept their new direction, it is a decent collection of catchy good-time tunes.

3/5
Standout tracks: Love Me Like Liquor, Cadillacin’, Demolition Man

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