Sallie Ford: Love has done her wrong, but she’s back for more
New CDs released this week of Tuesday, Feb. 19, include “Untamed Beast,” by Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside; “Push the Sky Away,” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds; “Bringing It Back Home,” by blues man Robben Ford; and “Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Broth
Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, ‘Untamed Beast’ (Partison Records)
“Untamed Beast” is a perfect title for Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside’s incendiary new album, the second full-length recording by the Portland, Ore., band led by one of the Rose City’s emerging rock ’n’ roll stars (she is a North Carolina native). Propelled by Ford’s powerfully throaty vocals and guitarist Jeffrey Munger’s twangy riffs, opening track “They Told Me” jumps through the speakers like a raging bull.
The entire album — the follow-up to 2011’s debut disc, “Dirty Radio” — sounds like a soundtrack for a life of mischief and misbehavior, with tunes that snort, sass and snarl: “Addicted,” “Bad Boys,” “Devil” and “Rockabilly.” Ford, Munger, bassist Tyler Tornfelt and drummer Ford Tennis blend blues and rockabilly with crazy abandon on just under a dozen tracks.
Ford’s feisty declarations about the opposite sex suggest that love has done her wrong one too many times, but she keeps coming back for more. Louder and raunchier than the band’s debut CD, “Beast” is made to order for a late-night spin in a noisy hot rod with flames on the sides.
Other new releases
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, “Push the Sky Away” (Kobalt)
Robben Ford, “Bringing It Back Home” (Mri Associated)
The Slide Brothers, “Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers” (Concord)
NOTE: Sallie Ford & Sound Outside performs March 7 at Neumos, and Robben Ford plays Feb. 27 at The Triple Door.
Gene Stout, Special to The Seattle Times