Album Review: Eddie Spaghetti – “The Value Of Nothing”
Those of us who follow the self-proclaimed “greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world” the Supersuckers will have been heartened to hear a couple of months ago that the group had managed to land themselves a new record deal with the very reputable Acetate Records (also home to the Hangmen among others) and a new album would be following in the near future. It’s been a very long five years since their last effort “Get It Together”, an album which, if I’m brutally honest, fell a bit short of their usual very high standards.
While we’re waiting to see if the new Supersuckers album is a return to form though, we have this new solo effort from their frontman Eddie Spaghetti which allows him to let his cowpunk tendencies run riot. Let’s be honest, there’s always been a spit ‘n’ sawdust element to a lot of the ‘Suckers’ best work from the classic “Born With A Tail” to pretty much all of their excellent “Must’ve Been High” album from many moons ago and as soon as the angry anti-consumerist rant of the title track kicks in, it’s clear that Eddie is on good form here.
Truth be told there’s not a massive distance musically between this and Eddie’s day job but lyrically (as its title suggests), “The Value Of Nothing” is a lot darker and more serious and cynical than the Supersuckers’ output as the dark “Empty” and the defiant “If Anyone’s Got The Balls” testify. However, the expletive-ridden “Fuckin’ With My Head” and “People Are Shit” (redneck polka anyone?) both add a bit of light to the shade as does the laid back “One Man Job”. It’s also good to see “When I Go, I’m Gone” (one of the highlights of the “Get It Together” album) given an acoustic rework here to finish things off.
Rather like Brijitte West’s recent “Americana Dream” album, this is a good album for chilling out to as the autumn evenings close in and wishing it was a bit warmer. Recommended, which is also something we’ll hopefully be able to say about the new Supersuckers album when it lands in the coming months.