DEX ROMWEBER DUO – Images 13

Album: Images 13

Artist: Dex Romweber Duo

Label: Bloodshot

Release Date: March 18, 2014

Dex Romweber Duo 3-18

www.bloodshotrecords.com

BY LEE ZIMMERMAN

Dex Romweber has carved an entire career from mining archival influences, a mash up of surf, country, rockabilly and R&B circa the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. Indeed, he and his sister Sara — who backs up her multi-tasking brother on drums and percussion – show a single-minded determination that draws from the same musical wellspring as those early predecessors.

Anyone cynical (and foolish) enough to dismiss the Duo merely as mimics will find Images 13 offering plenty of fodder for them to chew on, especially when it comes to the cantankerous croon Romweber puts forward on the hell-bent “Roll On,” the pleading refrains of “Baby I Know What It’s Like To Be Alone” and the somewhat sobering “I Don’t Want To Listen.” However, when he abandons that premeditated posturing and opts instead for instrumental offerings like the surf-sounding “Blackout!” and the reverb rumble “Prelude In G Minor,” it’s clear that he aims for authenticity.

Still, if familiarity breeds contempt, it’s likely it will be assuaged by the inclusion of the album’s sole cover, a take on the Who’s relatively obscure “So Sad About Us.” Not surprisingly, it stands apart from the rest of set, thanks to its infusion of classic mod angst and anxiety. Romweber makes no effort to tamper with the original template, and both song and spirit resonate emphatically.

Ultimately, those who appreciate Romweber’s retro regimen will obviously enjoy Images 13 the most. Likewise, anyone who admires earnest intent alone will find it both a solid and satisfying effort.

DOWNLOAD: “So Sad About Us,” “Baby I Know What It’s Like To Be Alone”

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