on the way there:
6 Pack Deep - Wake Up
For review purposes. I wonder why bands with complicated melodic arrangements like ska bands routinely derail their efforts with overwrought vocals intoning lackluster lyrics. Perhaps that is the modern condition and they are just expressing it in 2/4 time with a horn section.
Drive-By Truckers - The Dirty South
They are so fine on this one. Everything feels pushed to the edges, all extra twang, extra growl, extra death knell chord opening post-souther rock splendor. Like the tornadoes sung about on this record, it sounded like a train.
on the way home:
Kath Bloom and Loren Mazzacane Conors - Sing the Children Over
Generally innocuous, periodically punctuated by moments of shimmering light. Kath happens upon voicing the greater unconscious while Loren's guitar haunts the songs, converging in corporeality and suddenly fading into the ether. And then they totally blow it buy doing "I've Been Working on the Railroad." This is the modern condition.