Album

Wear Yourself Worn

Hometown CD Review 12-9-04
Album Name: Wear Yourself Worn (2004)

On first listen, those expecting the excitement of fast country or the kind of lengthy folk that breaks into a raging rocker will be disappointed. There are no intricate instrumentals that showcase the band's skills; portions of their sound wander into back-up band territory.

Three-part vocal harmonies from Jim Diez, Mike Spurgat, and Bill Coomes provide the foundation. The guitar work from Diez and Spurgat is the highlight of the album. An airy chord structure in "Sweet Breathin' Thing" blends pop sensibilities with the resilience of tradition, but for the most part Deadline Friday sticks to the standards. A majority of the album is mellow acoustics with a bluegrass feel.

Tepid lyrics are propped up by a trifecta of vocals."How quickly the blue skies turn to gray." And another: "You were so innocent / but I was the fool / you said that you love me / lord knows I love you." This song ends with the weak, "Your alibis tell the truth, why can't you?"

While the temptation to stop the disc right here is stronger than ever, muddling on pays off at the end with the guys loosening up, hitting on tiny bits of something good.

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