There’s nothing reckless about the way Reckless Kelly prune
their influences, especially in light of the adroit way in which they do it.
Their latest opus testifies to that fact, and in a sense, Somewhere In Time is as timeless as its title implies. The ringing Byrds-like riff that precedes
“The Ballad of Elano DeLeon” as well as the weary stoned cowboy New Riders vibe
that pervades “I’ve Done Everything That I Could Do Wrong,” “Thelma” and “I
Hold the Bottle, You Hold the Wheel” each attest to their reverence for country
rock’s most favored ‘60s stalwarts. Still, a dozen years after their initial
convening, the group has managed to forge their own distinctive style, one that
combines a certain swagger with their rootsier inclinations. “Little Blossom” and “Some People’s Kids” are
especially defining in that regard, while other tracks – “Best Forever Yet,”
“You Cared Enough To Lie” and “Idaho Cowboy” in particular – bring their
down-home sentiments to the fore.
In Time illustrates that by this point in time, Reckless Kelly rank among
the best of their breed. With their astute combination of humor, insurgency,
steel guitar and relentless determination all put to good use, they’re a band
that clearly deserves some devotion.
Standout Tracks: “Little Blossom,’
“The Ballad of Elano DeLeon,” “I Hold the Bottle, You Hold the Wheel” LEE