Work 7/10

UNCUT - - New Albums We’re New Here - Sev­enth stu­dio al­bum from At­lanta’s an­swer to The Boss NIGEL WIL­LIAMSON

Mas­querad­ing un­der the sort of John Doe ti­tle that Pope’s spir­i­tual god­fa­ther Bruce Spring­steen re­ally ought to have given to an al­bum long be­fore now, Work finds Pope more in thrall to the e Street Band than ever on vi­va­cious blue-col­lar an­thems such as “Can’t Stay here” and “Let’s Get Stoned”. Yet he’s at his best when the swag­ger is set aside on the banjo-laden “Some­day We’re All Go­ing To Die”, the gen­tle lilt of “The Weather” and the plain­tive ti­tle track, which fil­ters its ob­vi­ous Nebraska in­flu­ence via the 21st-cen­tury troubadourisms of Ryan Adams or Josh Rit­ter. heart-onits-sleeve, ev­ery­man rock at its most uni­ver­sally ap­peal­ing.

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