Review of Scud Mountain Boys – Do You Love The Sun (Ashmont)

Scud Mountain BoysArguably one of Massachusetts’s most under-rated bands, I can’t tell you how excited I was to be hearing new music from the Scud Mountain Boys. Do You Love The Sun, the group’s first new music in 17 years, picks up precisely where 1996’s amazing Massachusetts record left off. All of the elements that made that record so wonderful are indeed alive and well here. That is to say these songs, leaning mostly on the traditions of folk, country and pop, radiate a warmth, easiness and poignancy that, while often imitated, cannot be duplicated with such pristine perfection.