TribLIVE

| AandE


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Blitzen Trapper gets twangy on its 5th straight masterpiece

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
 

‘VII'

Blitzen Trapper (Vagrant)

★★★★ ½

Blitzen Trapper doesn't generate as much buzz as some of its contemporaries, but that's in no way a reflection on the quality music created by the Eric Earley-fronted band. “VII” is Blitzen Trapper's fifth fantastic full-length in a row and finds the band really diving into the country side of indie rock. In my opinion, this dynamic 12-track release ranks alongside 2008's “Furr” and 2011's “American Goldwing” as the band's best.

The twangy party gets started with the one-two punch of “Feel the Chill” and “Shine On,” and Blitzen Trapper keeps ‘em coming with “Thirsty Man,” “Valley of Death,” “Neck Tatts, Cadillacs,” “Drive on Up” and “Don't Be a Stranger.” As usual, there's no filler to be found on the 43-minute slab. Just one terrific song after another.

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

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Music

  1. Jamison fans are still cheering on ‘Voice’ singer from Ross Township
  2. Mack Avenue stars shine on Christmas disc
  3. Trans-Siberian Orchestra to hit audience with whole ‘Attic’
  4. Westmoreland Symphony taps into excitement of holidays
  5. Photo gallery: Sold-out crowd at Stage AE for UK indie-rock band The 1975
  6. Ross native Jamison not ‘The Voice,’ but he’ll pursue dream
  7. Green Day, Ringo Starr, Joan Jett to join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  8. A&E notebook: Mandolin Orchestra to play Christmas concert in McCandless
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.