Title - Dragnet
Artist - NRBQ
Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true ... NRBQ’s first new album since 2014 – entitled Dragnet - is about to unleashed! No names have been changed and no one is innocent!
NRBQ released its self-titled debut in 1969, and toured and recorded consistently until its 35th anniversary in 2004, when they took a hiatus until 2011’s Keep This Love Goin’. The band’s lineup is keyboardist Terry Adams, guitarist Scott Ligon, bassist Casey McDonough, and drummer John Perrin.
After the release in recent years of High Noon — A 50 Year Retrospective, In • Frequencies (a rarities collection), the Happy Talk and April Showers EPs, the live Turn On, Tune In, and reissues of their eponymous debut album and All Hopped Up, NRBQ returns with its first full-length since 2014.
In addition to their version of the Dragnet theme, the album contains ten new original songs, all of which were written or co-written by the band, including Adams’ Sunflower, which was originally recorded for the 2018 film Change in the Air.
1. Where’s My Pebble?
2. I Like Her So Much
3. Memo Song
4. Miss Goody Two Shoes
5. You Can’t Change People
7. The Moon And Other Things
8. That Makes Me A Fool
9. Five More Miles
10. L-O-N-E Lone-ly
The album opens on the rhythmic explosion of Where’s My Pebble? and the foot-tapper I Like Her So Much and keeps the tempo going perfectly on the drum and harmonica-led roll of Memo Song, the upbeat and fun Miss Goody Two Shoes and then the Beatles-imbibed You Can’t Change People.
Next up is their brilliantly vibrant reworking of the original Dragnet theme which is in turn followed by the languishing beauty of The Moon And Other Things, which in turn is backed by the late ‘50s, summers haze balladry of That Makes Me A Fool, the joyously heartfelt clap-along of Five More Miles, the album rounding out on the ticking clock, veritable spoken-word L-O-N-E Lone-ly, closing on a beautiful piano ballad, the atmospheric milieu of Sunflower.
According to Perrin: “I wanna give this album a great big hug. It was nothing but fun to make. On one song I even got to be a human clock, playing nothing but woodblocks.“
McDonough: “The sessions for Dragnet were joyous, collaborative events. No idea was too far out. If someone wanted to try something, we did. Everyone was loose and relaxed, but focused. I believe our collective joy in playing together is palpable in these recordings. It’s also a solid combination of our various sensibilities meshing into one groovy thing.”
Ligon: “We cut [“Dragnet”] a while back. And the very next night as we were walking onstage Terry whispered to me “*agnet.” I turned to John and said, ‘Did he say Magnet or Dragnet?’ Turns out he DID say Dragnet. We never played it live again. I think we forgot about it completely. But when we got back in the studio and heard a playback it sounded pretty good! Now it’s the title track! “
And founding member Adams: “The songs came out of nowhere … or at least somewhere nice. All of us are in there.”
Any release of NRBQ music is a cause for celebration, but after nearly a decade since their last full-length studio release, Dragnet brings the band back to the turntables and live venues of America. Though they don’t carry a badge, they are going to work, and after more than a year away from live performances, this is where they come in. So do your part and safely celebrate the release of Dragnet when they come to your city and in the meantime, duh duh-duh duh!
Dragnet will be available from Omnivore Recordings on November 12th, 2021 on CD and Digital and the vinyl LP will follow in early 2022.
Omnivore NRBQ Dragnet [Official Trailer]
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