Damn, this is an easy album to get into. Singer-songwriter Anderson has followed up his acclaimed 2014 debut, The Weaver’s Broom, with the stunning City of Vines.
With clear references to ‘classic’ country-folk music and rock ‘n’ roll as made by the likes of The Band, Tom Petty, Neil Young and Wilco, Anderson has indeed hit the sweet spot here!
Gorgeously soulful, especially with horn embellishment, there is even a glimmer of The Stones’ raw and rootsy Exile on Main St., evident in songs like “Molly the Flood” and “The Ragged Kind”.
The songs are insistent in the manner they carry on the Americana tradition of the 60s and 70s. Heartfelt lyrics matched by emotional tunes and sympathetic instrumentation.
… still there’s more …