Clouded Epi­taph/Warner

Blunt - - In Review -

Acous­tic-al­ter­na­tive was a brief trend to­wards the start of the 21st century in which tat­tooed punk rock dudes got to show off their sen­si­tive sides – think the first City and Colour record, Sec­ond­hand Ser­e­nade and the grand­daddy of them all, Dash­board Con­fes­sional. While it wasn’t quite scream­ing out for a re­nais­sance, Long Is­land duo This Wild Life have given it a red-hot go on their de­but al­bum – and the end re­sult isn’t nearly as bad as one might an­tic­i­pate it to be. Rather, it’s quite pleas­ant: They cer­tainly know their way around their in­stru­ments (both voice and gui­tar), and the stabs of drums, strings and even glock­en­spiel make for a nice touch. Al­though the tracks tend to blend to­gether af­ter a while, there’s enough go­ing on here to war­rant a full lis­ten. Maybe even a cou­ple more. Charm­ing.

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