Donkey Kong Jr – Broken Down, Whiskey Sound:
*This review was originally published in the Hastings Observer on July 30th, 2004. It has not been edited and is as it was written at the time.
Hot on the heels of their successful gig at the Black Horse Festival, comes the new CD from self-styled “alternative country pop chancers” Donkey Kong Jr.
‘Broken Down, Whiskey Sound’ contains ten original, heartfelt songs written about being down on your luck in Hastings.
From the bouncy opener ‘Little Nothing’ to the more reflective ‘Sweep The Ashes Away’, complete with pedal steel guitar, these are quality songs. Well written by Dean Adams and well arranged by the band, competent musicians all.
This alcohol soaked CD has a definite live feel to it, especially on the more upbeat ‘Lord It’s Good’.
Don’t let the Country Pop tag put you off, this album will soon have you singing along in the car, or the bath.
A perfect CD for the summer. All we need now is the sun to go with it.
Andy Gunton, Hastings Rock
The album still sounds just as good today by the way.
I’m trying to find out if this album is still available to buy, or download. If i do find out, i’ll let you know here.
The band had to change their name to Rumiko Jr because of similarities with a certain computer game. Rumiko Jr recorded an album called ‘The Great Western Lie’ which has never been released, yet.
Deano Adams, the main songwriter with the band, is now involved in a project called Sand Rabbit. They have an album due for imminent release. Deano also has a solo album pending. Pierless Music hope to bring you reviews of both albums, when we get them.