Blitzen Trapper

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Lojinx

Over the last few years Blitzen Trapper have been on a journey from alt rockers to rootsy purveyors of twisted americana and ’70s infused rock which has seen them produce a string of consistently excellent albums successfully combining folk, power pop and country with Dylan-esque story telling. On this, their first record since departing former label Sub Pop the band have decided to take a turn into new sonic territory, using the head nodding country groove of 2009’s Black River Killer as the template and adding scratchy flourishes and low fi hip hop beats. The results are mixed, with the production creating a sonic pallet which offers little variation over the course of the album’s 12 tracks. When it works, most notably on the moody americana of ‘Earth (Fever Called Love)’ and swamp pop of ‘Faces Of You’ it takes singer Eric Earley’s skilled song craft firmly into outer space and points to interesting new directions for the band, but at times you’re left longing for some of the stylistic changes which made their previous outings so enjoyable.

Paul Osborne

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