Review: Shooter Jennings pays tribute to Giorgio Moroder

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Posted: Mar 10, 2016 2:46 PM
Review: Shooter Jennings pays tribute to Giorgio Moroder

Shooter Jennings, "Countach (for Giorgio)" (Black Country Rock)

Shooter Jennings opens his seventh album, "Countach (For Giorgio)," with a famous lyric by his father Waylon Jennings: "Don't you think this outlaw bit's done got out of hand?" The elder Jennings growled the line toward the many 1970's country singers who jumped on the outlaw music bandwagon.

What follows? Shooter jumps on the dance music wagon with a tribute to disco producer Giorgio Moroder. Concentrating on songs recorded by Moroder — including the Elvis Presley takeoff "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" — Shooter uses synthesizers to recreate wind-tunnel sounds and LinnDrum beats Moroder employed so successfully. Therefore, the album comes off more like 1976 disco than 2016 EDM.

In a nod to his past, Jennings adds country fiddles and metal guitar crunch. He also enlists Americana singer Brandi Carlile (covering Moroder's title track for the film "The NeverEnding Story") and shock rocker Marilyn Manson (on a faithful cover of David Bowie's "Cat People," a Moroder production), among others.

Jennings has taken sudden left turns in his career, but this collection will leave fans scratching their heads. Give him points for following his creative instincts. However, "Countach" seems unlikely to connect with Jennings' longtime followers or with the EDM crowd.