April 26, 2013
Hanni El Khatib - 'Head In The Dirt'
For the most part, a sexy but grotty treatMore on Various Artists
6 / 10 With Grammy-festooned producer and Black Keys man Dan Auerbach riding sidecar, it comes as no surprise that Los Angeles art-greaser Hanni El Khatib's second album is an engine-revving dose of filthy, leather-clad blues. For the most part, his rasping punk is a sexy but grotty treat, with the album's strutting title track and 'Pay No Mind' driving you to the woods for some aural dogging while The Sonics blast on the car stereo. Yet when stacked against the corrosive 'Psycho Killer' stomp of 'Can't Win 'Em All' and slow-sizzling Southern groover 'House On Fire', the trite 'Penny' is disappointingly anaemic.
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