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Album Review

This collection is indeed an eclectic array of influences, covers, and sounds that generally blend the honky tonk of old-timey country and western with some intricate ambient traces. Beginning with the Hank Williams cover "Ramblin' Man," the main duo of Conrad Praetzel and Robert Powell stay true to the original but put their own sonic stamp on the proceedings. The tune resembles the murky waters of a Daniel Lanois production or a Bob Dylan album like Time Out Of Mind. "My Home Is Not A Home" is definitely subdued in its dirge-like tone. "^Cow Cow Yicky Yicky Yea" has more of a Moby feeling to it circa Play, particularly with Leadbelly leading the vocals over some slide guitar. Of My Native Land runs the gamut of genres, with numbers like the Eastern influenced "Gypsy Laddie" leaving less than a satisfactory result. An instrumental called "Wade In The Water" is a nice surprise in the vein of Canadian duo Zubot and Dawson, but the ensuing "Brodie" is much better a la The Notting Hillbillies. A hillbilly and bluegrass flavor happens in "Little Maggie," with vocals from Aric Leavitt. Celtic tunes like "The Turtledove" fall flat for some reason despite the best of intentions from vocalist Wendy Allen. The record isn't without its miscues, particularly on "Pullin' The Skiff," which comes off like a bland and poor dance track. The finale, "The Time Has Come," is the shining moment of this generally good recording by Clothesline Revival. A hidden instrumental track is a nice bonus as well.

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