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Blitzen Trapper: American Goldwing (Album Review)

Blitzen Trapper

There are very few certainties in life. With the economy in a downfall, natural disasters coming from all angles, and the earth slowly warming, it is very easy to become weary about any sort of regularity in this world. But, there is are two certainties you can always count on: 1) you are going to get older and 2) Blitzen Trapper is going to release an album that just gets better and better. Both of these have inevitably happened this year. And however you feel about Number 1, you should be very excited about Number 2. Eric Earley and Company have brought us their 4th album, American Goldwing, just in time for us to remember what is actually cool about living in America.

Blitzen Trapper has always been a group known for impeccably perfected songs about things of olden-times. They’ve created folk medleys that are still cool in the eyes of the young. While last year’s exceptional Destroyer Of The Void was a welcomed advancement, and a brilliant album in general, it actually wasn’t that far off from their earlier releases. But, American Goldwing is an album that literally takes everything this amazing group has learned in and from the past, and puts it to use in a way that is so damn perfect it’s almost hard to imagine.

It is too hard to avoid the folk pop pleasure that “Love The Way You Walk Away” creates. Or the total Dylan-esque cut “Taking It Easy Too Long” and it’s stoned out enthusiasm. And curse thee who can’t appreciate the rock and roll’ed sex frenzy that is “Might Find It Cheap”, which is a like a PG-13 version of Whitesnake’s “Do The Dirty With Me”. All grounds are covered in this fantastic tribute to the version of America we might actually feel fondly about. Oh, and “Your Crying Eyes” is simply The Rolling Stones replacing Mick Jagger with Hank III. Wonderful stuff!

Sub Pop Records is not a small nuance in the record label world by any means. They’ve always found themselves in the right place at the right time for the last twenty something years. But, to know that a group like Blitzen Trapper can somehow be aligned with Nirvana and Mudhoney is simple proof that their might be a higher being, and he has blessed the A&R folks of Sub Pop with the ability to spot perfect talent when it is time to be found. And it is an amazing feeling to know that Blitzen Trapper is a band that can be appreciated in these times.

Download: “Love The Way You Walk Away” by Blitzen Trapper

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Sub Pop Records [CD, 2011]

1. Might Find It Cheap
2. Fletcher
3. Love The Way You Walk Away
4. Your Crying Eyes
5. My Home Town
6. Girl In A Coat
7. American Goldwing
8. Astronaut
9. Taking It Easy Too Long
10. Street Fighting Sun
11. Stranger In A Strange Land
12. Mission Moon

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