The Bad Lovers
Austin's Bad Lovers hit some stride on their sophomore album, rolling a bit of natural country twang into their rock n' roll swagger, the boys bring out their underlying Texan influences. Deeply rooted in a 70's rock palette, the album isn't rewriting any books but its loving the treads it runs through and sometimes that's the best you can ask for. The Lovers revel in the kind of stomp it out choruses and dance it out breakdowns that feel classic like straight Levi's worn thin at the knees. The songs here revel in falling in and out of love, living the road worn life of a band and celebrating outsider status; the kind of fodder the youth of America can certainly get behind, and the Lovers paint the picture in dusted hues that seem like a hell of a lot of fun. Definitely a step forward from their last, and somehow stripping back their sound to the very roots ends up coalescing into the big sounding rock they'd been shooting for all along.
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