Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bad man, good songwriter: Cory Branan

Mutt, which is Cory Branan's third album and out today on Bloodshot Records, is not just the best country rock album I've heard this year, but maybe, in some ways, the best rock album. Branan reminds a lot of Richard Buckner on his slow songs, like "The Corner," he's got that same heart-breaking flutter in his voice that just rises above the grit. But the places where he really knocks me out are the faster, more rocking songs where he's as fast and rough and beautifully sloppy as Paul Westerberg...check out "Bad Man," which is the lead-off single from this really excellent album.

Nice boots, eh?

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