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Guitar World
June 1998
Reviewer: Matt Ashare
Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

Dallas Six-String twangmeister Jim Heath, a.k.a. Reverend Horton Heat, has always fancied himself something of a maverick wildman, rustling souped-up riffs out on roots-rock's lunatic fringe and proclaiming "I'm Mad" on Smoke 'Em if you got 'Em, his 1990 Sub Pop debut. Eight years and four albums later, he's still singing the same ol' tune on Space Heater. Unfortunately, the Reverend's shtick-putting a little Blitzkreig Bop in the ol' Go Cat Go-was old hat before Heat tried it on for size, not to mention the fact that he's not half as crazy as wild one-man-band Hasil Adkins or the Cramps' Lux Interior. No, Heat's basically a well-studied guitar slinger schooled in the riffery of Duane Eddy, Link Wray, Carl Perkins and Eddie Cochran, with a solid rhythm, and nothing terribly new up his sleeve. And on Space Heater, you can't help feeling that he's ridden this one-trick poney a few too many times around the same punkabilly track.

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