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Lean Forward

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the Long Way
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Shame on Me
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Nothin' But a Driver
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Hard Times
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Done It All
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Open Your Eyes
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Kid Next Door
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Way it Used to Be
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Get on the Bus
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Slip Away
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Solitaire
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Give Me Room
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 41:57

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n r 9

kollis

my favoritt is nr9

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Great roots rock

MAB78

The Bottle Rockets have done it again. This is another strong release by an underrated band. If you like real rock n roll, give this a listen. Then download and play loud!

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Lean forward and listen good

Average-Nights-Jack

Without doubt one of the best rock 'n roll bands currently going and this latest release simply proves it.

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Razor Sharp Rock n' Roll

EMUSIC-00CB648B

My band opened for these guys in New London, CT. last summer. Great great band! This new album is as good an intro to them as any. Great songwriting and cool, guitar arrangements.

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Great music...again!

BKHorse

These guys can't miss and you should miss them either!

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THE REAL THING

EMUSIC-00164264

Everyone should download as much BottleRockets music as possible...these guys are the real deal...forget Springsteen's cars and girls and pseudoamericana played by a multimillionaire crap...this IS rock n roll...radar gun, 1000 dollar car, I could go on...best to listen then decide...

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Excellent!!

Rascal_Houdi

Really good album. I can only agree with the other reviews here. Well worth getting. Really tight, great stuff. Download it! Essential alt-country/americana, I'm off to look for more. Check out the You-tube vids.

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The thing out of Festus, MO since...

Mike-E-Dread

O.K. THE best thing to ever come out of Festus, MO EVER. The production is great. They sound like a really tight band. This is a perfect blend of Alt Country & Rock. Every bit as good as Zoysia and in some respects even better. Down load this album now-don't hesitate or you will be singing "Shame on Me!"

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Where's the love?

SteelBreeze

These guys rock and this release is just another example of their tightness. I agree with every other Bottle Rocket fan in thinking why they haven't broken big yet.

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Amazing...

Rauckstah

They have definitely hit their stride on this album. Every song is a winner. A must have for Alt. Country music lovers.

They Say All Music Guide

It took the Bottle Rockets three years to come up with a follow-up to 2006′s righteous return to form, Zoysia, but it doesn’t take long for Lean Forward to demonstrate that Brian Henneman and his bandmates used the time wisely — if this isn’t an out-of-the-park grand slam like Zoysia or The Brooklyn Side, it’s a solid home run that confirms the BoRox are still one of America’s great unsung rock & roll bands. Plenty of roots rockers have written about their love of fast cars, as Henneman does here on “Nothing But a Driver,” but not many have come up with a well-observed slice of life about using public transportation, and “Get on the Bus” is a great example of what the Bottle Rockets do so well, with its lean, wiry melody, the energetic banter between the mandolins and electric guitars, and Henneman’s lyrics about the broad cross section of folks brought together on their way home, whether they like it or not. (And the hard boogie of “Nothing But a Driver” surrounds lyrics about a guy who’s found a way to satisfy his need for a cool ride by becoming a repo man, hardly the usual gearhead’s tale.) Elsewhere, “Solitaire” is an all-too-believable sketch of a marriage gone sour, “Shame on Me” is a spirited tale of a guy who knows changing his ways isn’t as easy as he wants others to imagine, and “Kid Next Door” is a powerful story of a good guy who went to war and never came back. Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, who produced much of the Bottle Rockets’ best work, returns on Lean Forward, and he gives the sessions a sound that’s tough and full-bodied without drowning out the more subtle textures of the songs, and the guitar work by Henneman and John Horton is full of rock & roll crunch without beating the fine details to death. The Bottle Rockets fuse a regular guy’s sensibilities and concerns with a streetwise intelligence that’s smart without sounding arrogant, and their music is solid, Southern-style meat-and-potatoes rock at its best; it’s a formula they’ve mastered over the years, and Lean Forward shows it’s still delivering soul-satisfying results more than a decade and a half on. – Mark Deming

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