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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.

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