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The Old Haunts
Fuel on Fire
by Betsy Ellison
5.31.06

The Old Haunts have been described as "swamp-rock." I really had no idea what that meant at first, and then I listened to this album and realized what an apt description that is. This album sounds like if Tom Verlaine was trapped in a swamp in Louisiana and was trying to escape alligators. It's very dark and dense and muggy and remarkable. They take influences from all over the musical spectrum, from blues to rockabilly to reggae and make it their own. This album is really hard to describe, except for the fact that it's really good. They have an incredibly unique sound, and I really appreciate that in music. I can't really pinpoint why I like this album, I just really like it. Anyone who likes music should look into these guys.