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Review: Hymn for Her light a fire on 'Flames'

Monday - 4/22/2013, 12:18pm  ET

This CD cover image released by Hymn for Her shows their latest release, "Lucy & Wayne's Smokin Flames."

CHRIS TALBOTT
AP Music Writer

Hymn for Her, "Lucy and Wayne's Smokin Flames" (Hymn for Her)

Lucy Tight's cigar box guitar is the Devil, whispering sinful thoughts in your ear.

Tight, half the husband-wife duo Hymn for Her, does more with three strings and a slide than most guitarists can with six strings. Combine that with the quirky sense of humor and songcraft she shares with Wayne Waxing, who plays kick drum and an acoustic guitar or banjo throughout, and you've got yet another rockin' lightning-strike two-piece outfit to check out.

"Lucy and Wayne's Smokin Flames" is the second album they've put out since being given the guitar by a friend (who did not sport a pair of horns). It completely changed their sound -- and we're guessing their fortunes. The new album finds Lucy and Wayne in an experimental mood, expanding arrangements and taking chances on the follow-up to the fiery punk blast "Lucy & Wayne and The Amairican Stream."

If you're looking for loud, they pay tribute to the desert on the acid-fried "Mojave" and unleash an epic, 7-minute sci-fi jam about saving the planet by launching garbage into the sun on "Trash the Sun." No kidding -- and it's awesome. But that guitar's not just a bludgeon, it's also a scalpel and used to make delicate incisions on "Landescape" and "Dark Deeds."

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