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Albums Of The Week: Nikki Lane | Denim & Diamonds

The alt-country queen muscles her way into rockier terrain on her swaggering and satistying fourth disc — with plenty of help from QOTSA mastermind Josh Homme.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “From the first bass note within the driving drum beat, you can tell something is different about the new record from Nikki Lane. The backbeat feels like a gutsy strut while the lead guitar feels like a revved-up engine shifting gears. Denim & Diamonds comes out firing, spit shining the cowboy boots and tossing on a jean jacket.

Produced by Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Denim & Diamonds has the Highway Queen embracing a more rock-oriented sound while still maintaining the heartfelt outlaw country sound she has developed across her previous three releases. Denim & Diamonds still has the fuck-off flare of which Nikki has come to be known. Her stylized, story-telling lyrics are all there as well as her catchy country hooks. But the outlaw country sound is now balanced out with a gritty guitar and a machine-gun snare that echoes the sound of ’70s rock.

Simply put: Lane has made a record that sounds new and old, familiar and surprising. She embraces where she has come from on songs like First High and Born Tough, shares the lessons learned along the way on Good Enough and Try Harder, but ultimately makes it clear she will continue to do things her way on tracks like Denim & Diamonds and Black Widow.”