A Sucker’s Dream

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Release Date: 2009-02-24
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Our Sophomore album, A Sucker’s Dream.

Album Review

The songs are straight-ahead guitar rockers with a dash of atmospheric sustain and distortion, addressing tough bumps on the road in both the American sociopolitical landscape and personal relationships. Ordinary anthemic rock & roll is their most traveled musical landscape, but they're capable of gentler folkier approaches too, and those tend to bring out more appealing melodies, "All That I See" and "Quiet Highway Road" (the latter of which, like some of the other tunes, has a hint of vintage Elton John) being two such cases. Of the songs that allude to tough circumstances in typical Americans' lives, "A Better Way" is the most ambitious in its tale of characters confronting dire circumstances. Singer/songwriter Patty Griffin adds vocals to one of the quieter tracks, "Desdemona."
- Richie Unterberger