Cowboy Mouth – Fearless

January 01, 1970

(Valley Entertainment)


They’re something akin to homegrown heroes in their native New Orleans, but the
foursome that calls itself Cowboy Mouth has also maintained a fairly
predictable path up to this point.  With
a devoted fan following and a journeyman ethic, they’ve churned out album after
album, on labels large and small, while garnering only varying degrees of
notice.  However this time around, intentionally
or otherwise, their sound seems somewhat schizophrenic. 


The group – still under the aegis of its two mainstays, Fred
LeBlanc and John Thomas Griffith — take the title of their latest opus to
bizarre extremes, offering up a set of songs that runs the gamut from barbed
invectives to plaintive platitudes, while plying little middle ground
in-between.  Even a casual listen makes
this clear; after initiating the proceedings with the unusually angry and aggressive
riposte of “Anything,” and following it with the voyeuristic vibe of “Belly”
(“I love your mind/But I love your ass/So turn the lights off fast!”), the band
abruptly change their tack and offer apologies via “Tell The Girl Ur Sorry”
before channeling even loftier sentiments with an ode to affirmation simply
titled “I Believe.” 


It’s a quick turnaround and a weird dichotomy, and even
though succeeding songs tap their usual rock regimen, the sentiments ricochet
wildly all the way to the album’s end. 
How else to explain the emotional expanse dividing “Kelly Ripa,” an
irreverent paean to Regis’ better half, and “Maureen,” a touching coda written
by LeBlanc in the wake of his mother’s passing?   True, Fearless may be bold, but it’s also kind of a Cowboy Mouthful.


“Kelly Ripa,” “I Believe,” “Maureen” LEE ZIMMERMAN



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