The Ready Stance - Damndest
With so many bands peddling this kind of raucous, bar-room alt-rock/Americana to great effect, you have to be pretty damn good to make any kind of impact. Sadly, and with the exception of the rather fine, twangy opener ‘Rancho Cristo’, Damndest is one of those albums that is unlikely to win over too many new hearts and minds.
There is nothing particularly wrong with the songs on display, it’s just you can't shake the overpowering feeling that you've heard it all before from the likes of REM, The Gaslight Anthem, The Hold Steady etc, etc, making this a difficult album to fall in love with. Performed with admirable gusto but, in such a crowded field, there really is very little here that will make you choose The Ready Stance ahead of their contemporaries.