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Review: Band of Heathens at its best on 'Sunday Morning'

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‘Sunday Morning Record'

Band of Heathens (BOH)

★★★★

Texas country rocker Band of Heathens began its career with a pair of live albums before knocking it out of the park with the self-titled studio debut in 2008. I've been a big fan since the beginning, and though 2009's “One Foot in the Ether” and 2011's “Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster's Son” weren't universally praised by critics, BOH's entire catalog remains in rotation on my iPod. Latest effort “Sunday Morning Record” — the band's first without founding members Colin Brooks, Seth Whitney and drummer John Chipman — may be its best yet.

The 11-track offering pays homage to the Laurel Canyon sound of the 1970s, yet manages to inject a healthy heaping of twang and some bluesy guitar riffs. Eagles-esque opener “Shotgun” launches the set, and Band of Heathens scores with “Miss My Life,” “Records in Bed,” the world-weary “Since I've Been Home,” “Shake the Foundation” and “Texas.” A sublime album from a terrific band.

Jeffrey Sisk is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1952, or jsisk@tribweb.com.

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