The Grifters / Aint My Lookout - SP337
Ain’t My Lookout is the Grifters’ tightest and cleanest record to date, but that’s only a relative term — the band’s previous records were so noisy and sloppy that it was occasionally difficult to discern melodies and hooks within the song. Apart from the band’s sharper attack, things havent’ changed that much on Ain’t My Lookout. The songs are still based in rootsy, Stonesy rock & roll, but run through the shredder, making the riffs jagged and the chords angular. Although it has slightly higher production values than their early singles, the sound remains endearingly lo-fi and ragged. The Grifters haven’t changed their sound enough to be labeled a sellout by their indie fans, but they may have opened it up enough to welcome in new fans.
Released: February 13, 1996
The Grifters / Full Blown Possession - SP402
After all the years the Grifters have been playing together, they can’t help but sound like a band. That wasn’t always the case, but on Full Blown Possession, they sound seasoned, sure of themselves, and much more into the task of making a concise disc. “Sweetest Thing” is an acoustic country-blues, while “Re-Entry Blues” rocks you with just the right attitude to make you want to hear it again and again. If it’s true that alt-rock has gone mainstream, then the Grifters have all oars in the water and are paddling ahead at full speed.
Released: 1997-09-23 (LP), 1997-09-23 (CD), 1997-09-09 (MP3s)