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Mudcrutch by Mudcrutch
Released: Jan 2005
Label: Reprise
Maybe it was autumn years' nostalgia that inspired the issue of a Mudcrutch debut LP some 34 years after the band first formed, but Tom Petty's swagger here rivals any of his work as a younger man. Like many a geezer jam session, it opens with group vocals on a comfortable traditional (in this case, "Shady Grove"), but the album quickly rights itself with a slightly menacing single, "Scare Easy." The country inflections and wilting slide guitars that hold things together are played with cool sophistication, the answer to the prayers of Allman Brothers fans.
Nate Cavalieri
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