The "1-2-3-4" that kicks off Tim Easton's fifth album (and fourth for New West) indicates the folk-rocker is more in the rock rather than folk mode here. He doesn't consider it a return to his rawer roots but it's hard not to see it that way. There is a strong Midwestern rock and roll vibe throughout, augmented by some unexpected musical twists (strings, backing female vocals), honed through the vibrant performances created with few overdubs. But it's Easton's honey and grits voice and sharp writing that makes this one of his best and most immediately likeable releases. The tenacious singer/songwriter cites Raymond Carver as an influence and it shows in descriptive, near poetic lyrics that range from virtual stream of conscious in the title track to the hushed, somber tale of whisky drinking girls in "A Stone's Throw Away."
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