ALBUM REVIEW: FRUIT BATS – ABSOLUTE LOSER

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Background
Fruit Bats is an American rock band formed in 1997 in Chicago, Illinois. Noted as an early entrant into the folk-rock boom of the early 2000s, the group has had many personnel changes but revolves around singer/songwriter Eric D. Johnson. Two years after announcing the demise of Fruit Bats, Johnson is back with a new Fruit Bats album.

Strengths
Gorgeously authentic alt-country, which encapsulates Americana and country-folk styles that have flourished in the alternative rock scenes in the last 20 plus years. Resplendent with banjos & pedal strings complementing the standard guitar, bass and drums aggregation, the instrumentation/arrangement enliven Johnson’s memorable songwriting.

Highlights
“From a Soon-to-Be Ghost Town”, “None of Us”, “Baby Bluebird”, “Humbug Mountain Song”.

Sounds Like
The Byrds, Gram Parsons, Neil Young, Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, The Decemberists.

Bottom Line
One of alt-country’s pioneers returns with some aplomb. Nothing quite compares to that sweet spot between country-folk and rock ’n’ roll. One of the albums of 2016.

Information
Official Website: http://www.fruitbatsmusic.com/

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