His name is not one of the best known in the rock business, yet Rich Hopkins from Tucson/Arizona has been consistently delivering quality work for years. The emphasis is on consistent, because "Buried Treasures" is his fourteenth album, not counting various collaborations. As on the records before, the American celebrates his earthy, bluesy vision of desert rock, less dynamic than Queens Of The Stone Age, but more committed to the rock tradition. So the tongue-in-cheek opener "Dark Side Of The Spoon" is a rough version of typical Beatles harmonies with Floyd quotes in the lyrics, while "Betcha Gonna Now!" sounds as if Tom Petty had strayed into the Arizona desert in the seventies. In between you also unpack Neil-Young chords and rock dirty on it. Filigree sounds all this natural, but it should not be. A little more care could have been taken for one or the other song anyway.
Top track: Dark Side Of The Spoon