First Look: New Jack Oblivian Album


Compulsive Gamblers/Oblivians hero steps out
with a new solo release, Rat
City, out this week on
Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum. Check the
stream of the title track, below.


By Rev.
Keith A. Gordon


As a
founding member of both the Compulsive Gamblers and the Oblivans, Jack Oblivian
is as close to Memphis
garage-rock royalty as you’ll find. For all that Oblivian has accomplished
through the years, it’s often his solo work that shines the brightest.



Jack Oblivian – “Rat City” by rockedition


Rat City (Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum) is Oblivian’s latest shot at glory, a
boiling, rumbling stewpot of fatback punk-blues, spicy garage-rock, and sweet pop
delivered in the Memphis
tradition. Whereas the title track is a streetfight with clashing
instrumentation and city-slang lyrics that would make Armand Schaubroeck blush,
cuts like the rollicking “Kidnapper” evince a Duane Eddy twang and
Alex Chilton soul. “Girl On The Beach” is a melodic romantic ode with
an undeniable hook while the stunning “Girl With The Bruises” is what
the Clash would have sounded like had they come from Memphis.


There’s a
lot to like in this musical gumbo-Jack Oblivian’s one of rock’s lovable
outcasts like Chilton, Willie DeVille, and all those others who dared walk on the
edge with heart and soul.



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