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half of Wild Animals, Trampled by Turtles continue their journey in taking their bluegrass roots to the alternative mainstream. The title track could be inspired by Band of Horses or My Morning Jacket, with “Hollow” gently taking that sound and sneaking in their acoustic instruments further up in the mix to match their peerless harmonies. Fellow Minnesotan Alan Sparhawk, frontman for Low, is just the producer to help them. He took the band into the legendary Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minn., where Nirvana and The Jayhawks once recorded; together they found some gorgeous arrangements that are purely their own sound. “Are You Behind the Shining Star?” features a pop melody supported by strings and harmonies. “Silver Light” nails a superb ethereal country-rock sound. “Come Back Home” fires up the pace, and “Western World” turns to the bluegrass side of their punk roots. 

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This won't be the usual "all of their everything is amazing" reviews. If you haven't heard their stuff before, explore 'em. If you have heard TBT before and are at least ok with their other albums, this review is for you.
Personally, I'm in love with this album. Wild Animals, Repitition, Lucy, and Wild West are my favorites so far. With the exception of WW, these tracks have a slower pace compared to the usual TBT speed, but it fits them. They bring back some memories.
It's a mix between Palomino and Stars n Satellites, in that there are some tracks that are slower and more emotion filled, and others that have the fast and furious pace we love in the unique bluegrass-folk style of TBT. But neither band of the spectrum dominates too much. There's a little for everyone.
Overall, I can't find a bad song on the album.
Great job, TBT!


I love the old albums this band has produced and the unique sound they had. This album is horrible and it sounds like TBT has let the man take away the soul they used to put in their music.

Where did TBT go?

Who are these guys trying to pass themselves off as TBT? This album sounds nothing like any of their previous albums.


Formed: 2003 in Duluth, MN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Progressive bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles are from Duluth, Minnesota, where frontman Dave Simonett initially formed the group as a side project in 2003. At the time, Simonett had lost most of his music gear, thanks to a group of enterprising car thieves who'd ransacked his vehicle while he played a show with his previous band. Left with nothing more than an acoustic guitar, he began piecing together a new band, this time taking inspiration from bluegrass, folk, and other genres that didn't rely...
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