Quartet look back to march forward
The Texan quartet have done a fine line in muddy, garage rock over the past decade but this fifth album finds them extending their palate to include piano and organ and to writing songs that are redolent of the classic rock of the 1970s.
Steve Miller and the Allman Brothers Band appear to be obvious touchstones on the myriad of well-hewn country-funk tracks to be found here, not least on Come Back – the tune most likely to give this band some mainstream exposure.
Yet, the softening of edges has resulted in the band losing some of that frenetic energy that marked them out from the pack and in places their homage to the American music of 40 years ago feels a little too reverential. But when they have songs up their sleeves as fine as New Blue Feeling and Pretty Green, such quibbles seem petty and redundant.
Key tracks: Come Back