The concept of revamping rock chestnuts into other genres is a tried (some might say tired) concept tackled by acts ranging from Pat Boone to Hayseed Dixie.

The concept of revamping rock chestnuts into other genres is a tried (some might say tired) concept tackled by acts ranging from Pat Boone to Hayseed Dixie. Even so, this well-conceived, twang-infested foray into Pink Floyd's The Wall is not only a hoot, it's carried off with lick-by-lick reverence and musical aplomb. Reverb-drenched guitar, banjo, fiddle, weeping steel guitar, and mouth harp punctuate such familiar material as "In the Flesh?" "Young Lust," and a rollicking "Hey You." The familiar "we don't need no education" refrain reeks of irony here, "Young Lust" is a Stones-esque honky-tonker, "Goodbye Cruel World" sounds like it came off Hee-Haw, and the gist of songs like "Mother" and "The Trial" becomes more discernible than on Roger Waters' originals. Trippy sound effects are still present, albeit of a rural bent; a salutatory "hidey" begins "Comfortably Numb," but other cuts are infused with the proper sense of menace. To heck with the hallucinogens, pass the moonshine.—RW

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