“The sentence structure of a fiction
Poignant plot points
that betray her contradiction.
It’s just a simple sound
no grand act of sedition
despite what my mouth might speak
these hands ain’t writ no fiction.”
And so begins “Piss Throne”, the first track on French Letters third studio album. The music contained on “No Evil Star” is the hardest rocking French Letters has produced to date, yet it maintains the band’s penchant for poetic lyrics.
“Piss Throne” (Rock)
A dark, minor-key rocker that includes some harmonized, Thin Lizzy-esque guitar breaks.
“Female of the Species” (Rock)
A hard funk infused tune that sees the first appearance on the album of guest keyboardist Joel Lewis on the organ.
“The Demonology of Desire” (Torch)
The third cut of the album maintains the aforementioned Joel Lewis, this time on electric piano, for a modern-day torch song which features some of Crossley’s most heartfelt, soulful lyrics.
“Cassandra Can’t Leave” (Rock Ballad)
A brooding murder ballad in three parts featuring an extended acoustic guitar intro from Michael Puglisi and highlighted by a climatic outro solo from Connor O’Brien. Between the two, we find Crossley playing the part of the murderer who wrestles with the guilt and disbelief of having just killed a lover.
Rollicking, southern-rock ruckus.
“All Over and Under the Rhine” (Blues)
Ambling, shambolic, bluesy. French Letters is aided by the tenor saxophone styling of Erik Patten and the sultry backing vocals of Kelly Young.
“I Already Know How This Ends” (Rock Ballad)
The first single from the album is a slice of power rock balladry which ponders the seeming inevitability of relationships ending in heartbreak over a chorus of heavily arpeggiated guitars and some flashy tom tom work.
“Cocktail Talk” (Ballad)
Gospel-inspired, a laid-back number featuring a harmonica solo and some tasty organ playing that harkens back to the work that legendary session organist Al Kooper did with Bob Dylan.
“Goat-Footed Girls” (Spoken Word)
Closes with a short, spoken piece accompanied by bass player, Courtney Steitz, on ukelele.