Henry Wagons - After What I Did Last Night

 

After What I Did Last Night, the title of Henry Wagons' second album, bears the unmistakable remorse of a hangover -- or, at the very least, it feels as if the singer knows perfectly well that he owes an apology to somebody, possibly more than one person. Given that undercurrent of regret, it comes as a surprise that After What I Did Last Night plays rather defiantly, with Wagons doubling-down on his down-under Americana. He can still evoke the ghosts of Johnny Cash and Nick Cave -- the latter is an especially apt comparison, considering that they're both Australians enamored of gothic Americana -- but Henry Wagons writes on a smaller scale than either and he also shows a facility for playing around with his arrangements, brightening "Santa Fe" with an '80s electro pulse, and flirting with kitsch on "Cowboy in Krakow." This mischievousness contrasts well with both his heavier tunes and his ability to slide into a soulful groove ("As Long as I Breathe"), and helps turn After What I Did Last Night into a sharp, savvy, satisfying neo-roots record.

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Tracklist

A1 Cold Burger, Cold Fries  
A2 Weak Link  
A3 King Hit  
A4 Santa Fe  
A5 Head Or Heart  
A6 Anything You Want  
B1 Tomboy  
B2 Cowboy In Krakow  
B3 As Long As I Breathe  
B4 Only Sane Mother F*****  
B5 Only Child  
B6 Melbourne

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