The Workhorse Kings are an alternative, blues, rock unit out of Illinois.
Their CD Carousel didn’t start out as well as it could have. The song Let Me In is not the strongest on the disk. In fact the immediate reaction was sort of hoohum as the first song played.
No Explanation Necessary is a bit more upbeat and toe tapping, and that helps as a second cut, but the jazzy, sort of cruise liner lounge sounding effort is still far from the best cut.
Can’t Look Back, the third song, a cut with something of a salsa flavour, finally gets the disk into a better vibe, although I fear some will have already abandoned the disk as sort of blase before getting this far into the music.
Certainly the Workhorse Kings are solid at their best, but there are still some soft spots here the listener has to endure to find the better cuts.
Songs like Waiting For Love work, and let lead singer Dan Dougherty be a bit angrier at the microphone and he benefits from that opportunity.
Overall, the disk is interesting in place, but falls short a bit too much to be a high recommendation.
Check them out at www.workhorsekings.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct 13, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada