"★★★★" [Four Stars]
Third Man Records 
Fire Note Says: The Greenhornes return with another rousing album of their 60's style rock!
Cincinnati's Greenhornes make a stellar return to the scene here with their fourth record simply titled "★★★★". It is their first full length since Dual Mono was released back in 2002 but the incredible thing is, that in 2010 the band brings the same 60's style pre-psychedelia garage rock meets British invasion style to you, like no time has passed. The band basically picked up where they left off and sound tighter then ever. Of course, the road traveled in-between has kept them at the top of their game, as 2/3 of The Greenhornes have been entrenched in the Jack White family, with Jack Lawrence playing in both White projects, The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs, while Patrick Keeler is in The Raconteurs. John Curley (Afghan Whigs, Ass Ponys, White Stripes) recorded much of the album at his Ultrasuede Studio in Cincy and additional tracking took place in Third Man Records home of Nashville with producer Brendan Benson of the Raconteurs. Of course, The Greenhornes would not be anything without the voice of Craig Fox, whom returns to front the band with his infectious swagger. "★★★★" sounds exactly how you think it will sound and that is a plus. There is no experimenting, no studio trickery and no vocal effects. The Greenhornes give you a straight up rock n roll record that has flash, controlled restraint and soul completely interwoven into its 12 tracks. The Greenhornes capability to quickly switch modes is the records strength, as they can kick up the guitar on the driving "Underestimator", while still pulling it all back on the smokey grinder "Go Tell Henry". They maneuver these transitions flawlessly throughout the album and its 35 minutes will leave you completely satisfied. The Greenhornes are simple - they don't recreate the wheel here, they don't mask their sound, and they don't give you any bullshit - they just give you their all, as "★★★★" gets better after every spin!
Key Tracks: "Underestimator", "Better Off Without It", "Left The World Behind"
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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony