Blitzen Trapper are back with their sixth studio album, American Goldwing, to be released on Monday 12 September on Sub Pop Records.
The Portland six piece have become well known for their country fused rock beats. Take Lynyrd Skynyrd and place them in today’s country music scene and you have the exact definition of Blitzen Trapper.
Their newest adventure compacts the American country life into a fully fledged lyrically satisfying and musically inspiring album.
With tracks like Might Find It Cheap and future single, Love The Way You Walk Away (release date 19 September), kick starting things off, it opens with the typical sound that Blitzen Trapper have become renowned for. However, Your Crying Eyes blasts out above the rest of the songs with a much more rock sound, including some excellent guitar riffs and solos.
The album has a little bit for everyone. Tracks like Fletcher and My Home Town focus on country vocals, bangos and background guitar solos which are all rather expected in such songs but there are a couple of surprises hidden deep within this record. Girl In A Coat and Stranger In A Strange Land could be easily mistaken for Bob Dylan singles with the vocals having that croaky element to them (however I must say that Eric Earley’s voice is ten times better than Dylan’s).
Stranger In A Strange Land has some of the best lyrics on the album along with some of the most pleasant to listen to acoustic guitar.
Street Fighting Sun is another song that shakes the roots of this record. It’s a heavy rock track where Earley’s voice adapts again. He sounds similar in some respects to Robert Plant with the notes he can hit and hold, that high pitched sort of wail Plant is famous for. The harmonies in this song make it what it is, very Beatles-esque and spot on.
American Goldwing is a little piece of American rolled into eleven exceptional tracks. It is the perfect album to take if you ever drive cross-country in the United States. Trust me, it will make the trip even more spectacular. A fantastically produced, easy to listen to and stimulating record that should not be missed.