Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck|
Modern backwoods music written almost entirely on electric banjo, this album fuses
experimental elements with Americana, rock, bluegrass, and folk, resulting in a
singular, progressive sound. Lots of winners here.
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*= favorite cuts
1 – (3:53) The Beauty of All Things* Electric banjo rocker, up-tempo, nice vocals.
2 – (4:12) Blackstone Valley* Mid-tempo, soaring guitar, lovely.
3 – (3:59) Eden Decent song about eco-destruction, pretty melody.
4 – (2:23) 12 Inch Steel* Bluegrassy, banjo and fiddle, up-tempo, catchy.
5 – (13:02) Parallel Lives* 13-minute suite of 4 songs, banjo and orchestral, then
rock intensity, then ethereal mellotron/guitar, tender closing song.
6 – (3:15) Inside Joke Up-tempo, funk style, OK.
7 – (4:30) The Tide* Lilting, mid-tempo eco song, pretty guitar and organ solos.
8 – (4:00) A Bad Day At the Zoo* Punch, catchy tune, whimsical.
9 – (5:17) Trials* Pulsating bass and drum lines propel this rocker, mighty fine.
10 – (5:41) Wreckoning* High-energy rocker, searing vocals and guitar and banjo.
11 – (4:20) Happy Endings* Soft, slow, sad ballad, very nicely done.