Album Review: Tim Browning & The Widowmakers – Bad Intentions
Honestly, I was a bit hesitant to listen to Tim Browning & The Widowmakers’ debut LP, Bad Intentions after checking them out online. I expected to get some twangy country tunes that I would probably only be able to get through a few tracks of before turning off. Thankfully, Tim Browning & The Widowmakers’ sound is much more like spaghetti western meets rock and roll ala Ryan Adams than anything playing on top 40 country radio currently.
As the opening guitars of “L.S.O.K.” filtered through my headphones, I was immediately transported to the opening scene of some gritty renegade movie. It’s a theme that echoes throughout the eight tracks of the aptly titled album. Each track is layered intricately to give it wonderful textures that feel like they would be right at home in an updated western or a TV show about a lawman that plays by his own rules (read Justified).
My favorite track on the album, “Fire & Steel,” has a fantastic choppy guitar riff that reminds me of The Used’s “Lunacy Fringe.” This is the track that would play over the musical montage where the lawman makes his way through town, putting the local bad guys down one by one. “Born of fire, born of Steel / A born liar, I was born to kill / I was born a dead man’s son, a devil with a gun / I’ve been searching for a man with a red right hand” Browning howls on the chorus.
“Gasoline” has a bit of Johnny Cash vibe to it with it’s swinging opening guitar and bass lines. It’s a fun track that you’ll find hard to resist the charm of, especially with that guitar solo about half way in. “One Horse Town” is a beautiful ballad that reminds me a bit of The Wallflowers’ Bringing Down the Horse in a wonderfully nostalgic way. I particularly enjoy the subtle slide guitar flourishes throughout the track.
While most of the tracks that fill Bad Intentions have a nice little southern rock flair, “Hole” is straight up rock and roll. The snarling guitars paired with Browning’s emotional howl fit the lyrics perfectly. “There’s a hole in my heart / It’s lonely and it’s dark / There’s a hole inside of me no one can see” Browning sings before a hooky guitar riff.
You would think by now that I would have learned to never let a band’s look or hometown deter me from listening to their music. Tim Browning & The Windowmakers’ sound is infused with wonderful southern rock and roll vibes that are right up my alley. I’m glad I took the time to give Bad Intentions a few listens, and, who knows, maybe my musical tastes are just a little wider for having listened to it.