Their brief excursion with a major label produced my favorite album of 2008 with Animal!, even though Epic Records foolishly argued with the band over the tracklisting, resulting in the inferior "Epic preferred" Not Animal being released simultaneously. Thankfully Margot And The Nuclear So And So's, and their mastermind Richard Edwards, are far removed from major label bullshit these days. Never repeating themselves from one album to the next, Sling Shot To Heaven saw the band tone down the heavier rock direction of their last two albums to fantastic effect. It's a beautifully laid back album and my #5 favorite of 2014.
This is a mostly stripped down affair for Edwards and his band mates. Many of the songs are acoustic guitar based, with "Long Legged Blonde Memphis" and "Bleary-eye-d Blue" notable exceptions as they fall much closer to the rock oriented sound of their Buzzard album. Sling Shot To Heaven is drowning in sumptuous ballads, from the lush opener "Hello, San Francisco" to personal favorite "Lazy", an endearing love song with some of my favorite Edwards lyrics ever. "We got a good thing going. We just hang around fuckin' off all day. But I love you, so who cares? And you love me so who cares? Life is easy so who cares if we're lazy?"
"When You're Gone" and "Swallowing Light Beams" are two other notable stand-outs on an album full of them. Wonderful melodies, Edwards' always engaging lyrics, Sling Shot To Heaven gives Animal! a run for its money as my favorite Margot album to date.
Favorite tracks: "Lazy", "Hello, San Francisco", "When You're Gone", "Swallowing Light Beams"
Sling Shot To Heaven was released April 22, 2014 via the Mariel Recording Company.