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One band that Sunset Heights often found itself compared to in the late ’90s was the Black Crowes, and that isn’t a bad comparison. Like the Crowes, Sunset favors earthy, gritty roots-rock, and also like the Crowes, they come across as a rock band with a healthy appreciation of the blues, as well as the great soul and funk of the ’60s and early ’70s. None of the songs on this self-titled CD actually have a 12-bar blues structure, but you can’t miss the tremendous amount of blues feeling the Houston band brings to melodic, down-home offerings like “Did I Let You Down,” “Tangerine” (not the Led Zeppelin classic or the Jimmy Dorsey swing-era hit), “Medicine Hat,” and “Memory Lane.” Nor can you miss the soul elements Sunset brings to its guitar-powered rock & roll, which often gives the impression that its members are quite hip to the classic recordings of Ike & Tina Turner, Rare Earth, and Sly & the Family Stone. This album isn’t innovative, but it’s honest and often quite enjoyable.


Texas rockers Sunset Heights formed in May 1991, taking their name from the Houston area suburb which the band called home. Debuting a year later with Eclipse of the Sun, in 1993 the group was named “Best New Act” in the Houston Press Music Awards; in1994, the Sunset Heights launched their first national release, Texas Tea, returning the following year with Born in Houston–Live. After resurfacing in 1996 with S.N.A.F.U., the group — now consisting of singers/guitarist Jackie Hibbard and Jorge Castillo, bassistJason “Big Daddy” Youngblood and drummer Rick Hall — issued 1998’s Medicine Hat; a self-titled LP appeared a year later. AllMusic

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