Artist: The Carter Administration
Album: Air Guitar Force One
Release Date: 2005
Recording Date: 2004 – 2005
Recording Location: Battle Tapes, Nashville, TN
Nashville trio the Carter Administration has made a specialty of EPs, and even when it stretches out to full album length, as on its second such effort here, it doesn’t spend a lot of time; the disc clocks in under 29 minutes.
But then, the Carter Administration doesn’t like to waste time.
As they put it in “Keep You Wife off My Hands,” one of several joke titles, “Man, I’m just trying to get my sh*t down quickly. I’m a busy guy and I’ve got no time for narration.” Indeed, in these short songs, the band has about enough time to get in, make a point or two (usually having to do with the unsuitability of a romantic partner), and get out. Nor do they have time for musical elaboration; this is straightforward garage-style rock & roll, three chords, guitar, bass, and drums, exactly as it’s been played by thousands of bands since the 1960s. Of course, the style is so popular because it’s nearly foolproof. How can you miss by borrowing the sound that the Velvet Underground adopted on “Sweet Jane”? The band may have other points to make with its lyrics, although that lack of time for narration sometimes leaves things unclear. “Emission: Impossible,” which deals with death and mourning, may be about the U.S.
invasion of Iraq, if a reference to “rising son” means George W.
Bush. “Deuteronomy 3:16” presents a few odd urban observations that seem to have little or no relationship to the Biblical verse (which, for the sake of interest, is “And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gilead even unto the river Arnon half the valley, and the border even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon”). Whatever it all means, this is a rocking disc from a band that knows its history and its own limits.
|Cocaine Summer Splash / The Carter Administration||The Carter Administration||2:28|
|Heavy Machinery / The Carter Administration||The Carter Administration||2:47|
|Oxycontinental / The Carter Administration||The Carter Administration||2:32|
|Seasoned Intimidator / The Carter Administration||The Carter Administration||2:14|
|Little Kings / The Carter Administration||The Carter Administration||3:01|
|Deuteronomy 3:16 / The Carter Administration||The Carter Administration||3:05|
|Petty the Fool / The Carter Administration||The Carter Administration||2:05|
|Keep Your Wife Off My Hands / The Carter Administration||The Carter Administration||3:01|
|Emission: Impossible / The Carter Administration||The Carter Administration||3:05|
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