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EMI Nashville

This Nashville-based pair have taken their time pro­duc­ing a de­but al­bum per­haps wor­ry­ing that their com­ment last year that peo­ple were “tired of the bull­shit” and were “ready for the real sub­stance” might have set them up for a fall. And if th­ese 11 tracks do not amount to some­thing as am­bi­tious as the “real sub­stance”, they do place TJ and John Os­borne in the van­guard of those test­ing coun­try’s cosy con­sen­sus. Like their buddy Eric Church, there is a def­i­nite ur­ban, heart­land rock sen­si­bil­ity at the core of blue col­lar, foot-stomp­ing songs such as Dirt Rich, the clever one-size-fits-all Amer­i­can Crazy and the gui­tar-drenched

Stay A Lit­tle Longer. There are more sub­tle touches but Pawn

Shop is a brash at­tempt to strike out as some­thing dif­fer­ent. Time will tell if they are the real deal.

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