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Album Review

Put the CD on, and it's not so much a sound heard once more as one that's completely reborn. In this case, that's the sound of the Gram Parsons-era Byrds. There's a fire, and sometimes frivolity in what Railroad Earth does that evokes more than the spirit, but without ever sounding like copyists; it's as if they've arrived at the same destination all by themselves, penning some glorious songs along the way, like the up-tempo "Drag Him Down," the spiritual quest of "Like a Buddha," and the fairly epic "Walk On By." But there's more going on, as you discover when you listen, with kalimba and clarinet in there somewhere, adding extra textures to the music. What they come up with can only be described as country-rock — alt-country may be the moniker of choice these days, but the band's sound is more timeless, while at the same time utterly unique — just cop the intro to "Like a Buddha," for example. Poppy enough to hold memorable choruses over rippling mandolins ("Mighty River"), and unafraid to make a small nod to Celtic territory ("Lois Ann"), it's a work of not only rare charm, but ageless beauty.

Customer Reviews

Great album

You can't go wrong with this one. Great tunes, great band.


Formed: 2001 in Stillwater, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Railroad Earth emerged from the breakup of one of New Jersey's most popular bands, From Good Homes, in early 2001. Later that year, with appearances at some of the major summer festivals on the bluegrass circuit under their belt -- including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and High Sierra Music Festival -- Railroad Earth showed that their music could go well beyond the realm of traditional bluegrass to incorporate folk, Celtic, jazz, and rock music. Todd Sheaffer, the...
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