Our music reviewers give Danger, I Reckon's self-titled album a spin. Here's what they thought...
A dirty mix of blues, rock and country, Danger, I Reckon’s debut is certainly entertaining—if a little (too) rough around the edges. Spoken interludes between each track telling the story of Calamity Jack will either guide you through the record or kill any buzz you might have going on. There are a few definite standouts (“Coast of Maine,” “Beer Vs. Ladies”), but the vocals are too high in the mix throughout, keeping the listener from turning this album up as loud as it probably should be. There are also moments where I wish the performances were just a little tighter, to drive the songs home even more. While I’ll bet these tunes kill live, they don’t quite come across as well on record.
The Verdict: Thumbs down.
Danger I Reckon’s first full-length album drops the rough recording aesthetics of their debut EP Dresden for a little more polish and sheen, creating a more rounded sound overall (helped in no small part by the addition of a drummer). Their trademarks are still intact despite the upgrade: the dark and often gruff vocals, the slick blues-inspired melodies, a lurking violence in both the music and lyrics that never takes itself too seriously. “1929” is the most fun surprise here, changing up from their usual alt-folk style for a black metal finish, complete with a guttural chant of the song’s title. The album maintains a quick pace despite the narrative breaks between tracks. A solid starting point for those who have yet to give them a listen.
The Verdict: Thumbs up!