Son Volt – American Central Dust (Rounder / Universal Music Canada)

Son Volt.jpgSince regrouping Son Volt in 2005, Jay Farrar has been on a hot streak of making excellent records. 15 years after their original formation, their music still lies deeply rooted in the alternative country-roots realm but with the exception of The Jayhawks, few artists or bands do it any better than this. 

American Central Dust starts with the low key Dynamite and Down To The Wire before moving into more traditional country-sounding territory on Roll On. Other album highlights include the simplistic Exiles and the lonesome Cocaine and Ashes.

As a whole, the record is one of the band’s most intimate and compelling to date. Rarely can desolation sound this appealing to the common man.

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