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Album Review

On 2011's Jack and Coke-infused American Goldwing, Blitzen Trapper ditched the pastoral Pacific Northwest luster of previous outings in favor of a more Southern-fried constitution, picking out the tastiest bits of Skynyrd and the Band and adding their own signature blend of mystic Americana and crafty, decidedly non-Portlandia indie folk-rock into the mix. Blitzen Trapper's Roman numeral-adorned seventh long-player adopts a similar disposition, but adds elements of countrypolitan and suburban hip-hop into the pot, seasoning their already heady brew with a little North Mississippi Allstars and Odelay-era Beck, especially on cuts like "Feel the Chill" and "Ever Loved Once," resulting in a sort of cosmic, high-def honky tonk that for the most part proves tasty, injecting some much needed brevity into windy frontman Eric Earley's colorful yet often perfunctory tales of sin and redemption. It's not all just Paisley Park meets Muscle Shoals-inspired mash-ups though, as evidenced by more measured and nuanced tracks like the soulful, gospel-tinged "Shine On" and the earthy, highway-bound closer "Don't Be a Stranger," but VII certainly finds the Oregon-based group jettisoning the more Dylanesque aspects of its sound. Puckish yet ultimately forgettable late-album cuts like "Drive on Up" and "Heart Attack," the latter of which wouldn't have sounded out of place on an Eagles album (Earley's throaty, commanding voice is often a dead ringer for "Long Run"-era Don Henley), sound like extras from the American Goldwing sessions, and the abrasive (sonically) "Oregon Geography," with its faux field recording hiss and fractured dub foundation, feels gimmicky instead of subversive, but at least they're poking around in different corners of the room, which is ultimately what makes each new Blitzen Trapper offering worth taking out for a spin or two, or four, or ten.

Customer Reviews

Shine On Boys

Blitzen Trapper is one of the best bands out there. Super excited for the full release. Since 5 stars means "It's Great", I'm gonna go with that.
Update: After streaming several times and listening on repeat since purchasing this morning, I stick with my 5 star rating. It's great. While you might not be surprised by the touches of J.J. Cale, Tom Petty and Leon Russel, the Beckish hip-hop influence and the heavy dose of Stevie Wonder funk catches you off guard in a good way. Highly recommend.


I haven't listened to Blitzen Trapper for several years. Not that they ever disappointed me at all - I've always liked much of their music. I just have been sidetracked, you could say. Fast forward to this year's VII ... and it's like the same good band but with a great newfound sound. This is what I've been waiting for, and I didn't even know it. I am thrilled with this disc. Top to bottom, front to back. I love it.


What Happened....


Formed: 2000 in Portland, OR

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Blitzen Trapper's music went through various genres with each record, bouncing from indie folk to art rock to experimental folk before settling into a rich, dusty brand of Neil Young-inspired alt-country. The band formed in 2000 in Portland, Oregon, with songwriter Eric Earley leading a lineup that also included Erik Menteer (guitar, keyboard), Brian Adrian Koch (drums, vocals), Michael Van Pelt (bass), Drew Laughery (keyboard), and Marty Marquis (keyboard, vocals). Before signing a record contract...
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