Review of The Autumn Defense – Fifth (Yep Roc)

The Autumn DefenseWhen not busy touring the world with Wilco, members Pat Sansone and John Stirratt tend to retreat to the lush pop territory of The Autumn Defense. Their fifth record (aptly titled Fifth) sees the group successfully walk a line that falls somewhere between 70’s soft rock and the intricacies of the Laurel Canyon-pop sound. The warmth of songs like I Want You Back and Under The Wheel harken back to the sound of America at their peak. Opting for a more straightforward pop approach on None Of This Will Matter and Things On My Mind, The Autumn Defense will satisfy retro-pop fans everywhere with this new record.