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Hank 3: Brothers of the 4×4 review

Brothers of the 4x4Country music rebel Hank Williams III aka Hank 3 is back and better than ever with the release of his latest country album, Brothers of the 4×4. Despised by Nashville for his controversial lyrics and attitude that didn’t follow  the traditional Nashville country sound and lifestyle and following in his grandfather and father’s footsteps, Hank 3 follows a classic country sound with a rebel attitude. His vocals eerily sound just like Hank William’s Sr. but with the controversial lyrical content of Hank William’s Jr.

Brothers of the 4×4 has a mix of country bluegrass with hillbilly and is a perfect album to listen to while driving on an open road, going mudding, fishing, or sitting by a fire drinking moonshine. Just like a typical Hank 3 album, Brothers of the 4×4 contains 16 tracks, but the difference from past albums is the tracks are long, running an average of five minute per song.

Opening track “Nearly Gone” provides a classic country sound carried out by banjos and violins while “Hurtin For Certin” sounds like it should be a country classic with twanging guitars mixed with banjo and Hank 3’s southern vocals.

Title track “Brothers of the 4×4,” with its dueling guitar sound would make you want to have a good time with friends and “Outdoor Plan” is about the outdoors and would make a great song to listen to while fishing.

Brothers of the 4×4 is quite the improvement over Hank 3’s last country album, Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown, with overall better sound and lyrical content. For fans of Hank 3 or someone who enjoys country music, Brothers of the 4×4 is the perfect album to give a gander.

Rating: 9/10

-Philip Coon