‘Countach (For Giorgio)’
Nine songs, 40 minutes
BCR Records (2016)
The formula for Shooter Jennings could have been simple and quite lucrative.
As the son of country music legend Waylon Jennings, all he had to do was hire some Nashville writers, perch a cowboy hat on his head and croon about tractors. But Shooter aims for whatever fits his whim — and his fans are richer for it.
With the release of “Countach (For Giorgio),” Shooter pays homage to famous Italian producer Giorgio Moroder, who worked with artists such as Blondie, David Bowie and Donna Summer. All tracks on the album were either composed or inspired by Moroder.
The result is a decidedly ‘80s-sounding assortment of up-tempo, ambient tracks featuring a diverse list of studio guests: Marilyn Manson, Brandi Carlile and Steve Young (the country singer, not football great). It’s a fun, easy listen, one that’s far less than intense than 2010’s “Black Ribbons,” which was darn near a masterpiece.
“Countach (For Giorgio)” probably isn’t Shooter’s best album, but if death is boredom, this release can be said to at least keep things lively.