There was a time, back in its early days, when Little Feat was a country-rock band, perhaps THE quintessential country-rock band. While other contenders for this mantle leaned heavily in one direction or another, Little Feat truly mixed equal parts country twang and experimental rock. Each of the group's first three albums--LITTLE FEAT was their debut--point to how great country-rock might have become, if only (1) country rockers were as brilliant as Lowell George, and (2) fans had shown the slightest interest in the genre as Little Feat created it.
Fortunately, before the band moved onto the fusion-inspired funk with which it made its mark, the early Little Feat left a wonderful recorded legacy. LITTLE FEAT is a prime example of that. From the slide trill that kicks off the first track, the album alerts listeners that they are about to experience something raw and wonderful. The album rocks hard, occasionally boogies, intermittently slows down to shed some tears, and always, always swings. The lyrics don't always make sense, but it hardly matters: all the meaning you need can be found in George's growling vocals and screaming guitar.
Rolling Stone (2/4/71, p.58) - "...quite a complex group, with many extraordinary things to say...searing guitar...earthy, just-right lyrics...Little Feat's music is tight, complex, and moving..."