Drivin N Cryin – Scarred but Smarter

ARTIST: Drivin N Cryin           scarred

TITLE: Scarred but Smarter

YEAR RELEASED: 1986

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Scarred but Smarter, Count the Flowers

LINEUP: Kevin Kinney, Tim Nielsen, Paul Lenz

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Debut album from the neo-Southern rocker / folker band shows promise, but is hit and miss.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Kevin Kinney’s songs were either driving rockers, or crying folkie tunes, which is how the band got their name. Kinney formed this Atlanta band soon after arriving in the city from Milwaukee and soon after got this album released after a lot of local buzz.

There’s some definite ace material here, like the title track, but Kinney’s rapid fire vocals dilute the songs power – they make it seem that the tracks blur by and they don’t sit with you since they rush onward. The sound is tinny as well – without the sonic depth the songs seem flat.

There’s enough good stuff here for fans to enjoy it, and for novices to pick and choose. After this album, they’d sign to Island and start on their road to kinda-sorta fame.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Kinney worked at a futon company and sewage treatment plant while working on his songs and forming the band.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No 

GRADE: B-: If he’d have slown down is delivery a bit, then this album would be better. Still, not bad.

 

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