Blitzen Trapper - American Goldwing
Blitzen Trapper have definitely found that peaceful easy feeling with sixth studio album American Goldwing. The album reflects life in a small town and the angst and restlessness that comes when you've been in one place too long but don't have the gumption to pack your bags and head out. And it feels like that too.
Unlike 2010's Destroyer Of The Void with its wonderful stories and beautiful arrangements, American Goldwing sounds like a band in a rut. The countrified melodies are all a bit samey and it lacks the heart and soul of previous releases. Album opener 'Mind Find It Cheap' and the rousing 'Fletcher' are affable enough but 'Love The Way You Walk Away' lacks heart. The lovely Dylan-esque 'Girl In A Coat' works well (mostly because they aren't trying to sound like the Charlie Daniels Band) but the rest of the album just goes from one bland twangy tune after the another. Vocalist Eric Early sums it up pretty succinctly in 'Taking It East Too Long': "I've been taking it easy too long / Sticking around this lonesome town / Like a bird that just won't fly." Maybe it's time they moved on.