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The Weeks - Easy album review

Mississippi country rockers make their best album yet

Cover art for The Weeks - Easy album

Though now plying their trade out of Nashville, The Weeks returned to their native Mississippi (they formed in high school in Jackson) to record Easy. Less southern twang and more rock’n’roll than their previous albums (though 2013’s acclaimed Dear Bo Jackson signposted the way they were heading), Easy is a fast-rolling 40 minutes of slick melodies, charged guitars and rattling snare drums. To say it’s the complete package would be to undersell it.

They’re occasional tour mates of Kings Of Leon, and it shows. But whereas KOL opted for arena anthems, The Weeks are pleasingly low-fi, scratchy and understated. Muted horns raise the irresistible Ike up; the down-at-heel Hands On The Radio laments over a lattice of electric organ, trumpets and Cyle Barnes’ lovely vocal; and the chiming Sevens could have appeared on a Paul Westerberg album.

All in all, it’s almost magical.

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion. He ghosted Carl Barat’s acclaimed autobiography, Threepenny Memoir, and helped launch the BBC 6 Music network as producer and co-presenter on the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show. Five years later he and Jupitus fronted the hugely popular Perfect 10 podcast and live shows. His debut novel, Cross Country Murder Song, was described, variously, as ‘sophisticated and compelling’ and ‘like a worm inside my brain’. His latest novel The Death And Life Of Red Henley is out now.