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This five-piece from the Garden State of Jersey is led by guitarist and songwriter Stephen Jude Walsh, and the album opens with the hard-rocking, arena-friendly ‘A Little Too High’, closely followed by the riffing ‘Black Sheep’s Son’, and on both singer Chandler Mogel’s vocals have traces of vintage Paul Rodgers. Just when the listener has pegged “Against The Grain” as a bluesy rock album, along comes the gentler ‘The Fall’, with its tinges of Americana in the first couple of minutes, and the critical ‘American Boss’. ‘Raleigh’ is a fine southern styled rock item, as too is ‘Every’, with its soaring guitar work, then ‘Mark Twain’ is a powerhouse slab of riff-based blues-rock, though again with a southern rock influence. Despite its title, ‘Backwoods Charm (A Southern Gothic)’ has a trace of both The Eagles in rock mode and the fist-pumping rock anthems of the early 80s, in contrast to the Muscle Shoals soul approach of ‘Day Gets Me Down’, which also features some lovely duetting with guest vocalist Jessie Wagner. ‘Faded’ is a sensitive solo guitar instrumental, ‘Wilderness’ has a strong 70s sound, with an ever-so slight jazzy tinge, and the set ends with singer and percussionist Amy Anderson taking the lead on a minor key, acoustic-based ‘Light In August’, making for a haunting close.
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