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Album Review

With all of the exuberant buzz around Lil' Cap'n Travis, it's easy to be skeptical. How many alternative country bands, after all, have exploited country clichés and borrowed a few crunchy chords from Neil Young? In All Their Splendor, however, will do nothing to dismiss the cheerleaders on the sidelines. It's true: a number of no-depression groups have achieved decent results by throwing steel and honky tonk guitars into the mix, but Lil' Cap'n Travis also enjoys grafting on oddities from other genres to create a strangely intoxicating hybrid. "Natural Fool" could almost pass for some kind of country song, but the slightly trippy lead vocal and even trippier harmony turn it into the type of country song the Holy Modal Rounders might've recorded. With its three-four time, "Dapple Gray" trots along like a cowboy pony under the influence, while "Steady as She Goes" indulges in a bit of South Seas escapism. It's possible that the listener would grow tired of the novelty of it all, but Lil' Cap'n Travis does a good job of mixing up tempos, arrangements, and styles to keep things interesting. In fact, it's only when the band plays it rather straight, as on "Swimming Pool," that they seem to lose their direction. In All Their Splendor is a solid follow-up to Lonesome and Losin', and will please fans and anyone looking for a band that's able to escape the usual clichés. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

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much more than alt country

I saw this band play live in Austin about a year ago...and ended up buying a few of their albums at Waterloo then next morning (ok - it was in the afternoon...my hangover should serve as a testiment to this band's ability to keep the whiskey flowing). Anyway - while i definitely would love to see them live again, this album will sate the jones until i can make it back down to South Texas. Listen for influences well outside of their alt country bretheren...even a strong undercurrent of the Beach Boys. Great album...great band.

AWESOME!!!

I'm not a huge fan of country, but the melodies and lyrics of each and every one of these songs is such that they get stuck in my head by the end of the first verse. That's what makes a good song...

Yeah - Way More than Alt-Country

When I first heard Li'l Cap'n Travis I thought they were the best country cover band ever - rechroming old standards and making them their own (Pink Elephants, Cupid, Alond in the Drugstore, etc...) When I realized that these were original songs my jaw dropped. This record takes another step in an original direction and is well worth checking out.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Born out of guitarist Matt Kinsey's desire to informally record some of his country-influenced songs, enlisting drummer Mandon Maloney and guitarist Christian Braafladt to aid him in some casual four-tracking, the members of Austin, TX's, Li'l Cap'n Travis soon found themselves being pulled from their various other bands to pursue their uniquely messy mixing of 70's outlaw country, 60's stoner rock, and 90's psychedelic pop. Never intended as anything more than a side-project that would produce bizarre...
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