Americana Rock Mix Review: American Aquarium – Burn.Flicker.Die

I don’t know if this is really a review. I don’t get all technical and verbose about things to make them seem more important than they should be. I’m not a writer.

So, I’m just going to lay it out for you.

About once or twice a week, while sitting at my desk at my day job, I work my way through an ever-growing playlist of new music that I receive on a regular basis. Most of the time I click through entire sets of songs before something catches my ear. Other times I use the “back” button because I want to compare a few songs that might work out on the show, and then again other times I just completely unplug my headphones and shake my fist angrily at my iPod for being such a huge disappointment.

To my enjoyment on last Thursday, none of this happened. Because I got completely hooked on the album that just happened to be at the top of the playlist.

“Cape Fear River” started playing, and I started paying attention. It carried on from there. Song after song kept me entertained by the musicianship alone, but then on second and even third play through I started paying more attention to lyrics. Once I started doing that, it turned to whole album on its head. It just goes to show you that the most uptempo and energetic of songs also has the ability to be the most self-deprecating.

So finally I’ll just say that this is their strongest album yet. The band has never seemed so tuned in with themselves as they do on this album. It’s replay value is of the highest caliber and I’m quite positive that this is going to be a staple in many local bar jukeboxes.

Also BJ Barham has to be one of the most relatable people I have never had the pleasure of meeting.

I’ll be playing a couple of tracks from this album on the newest ARM episode, which will be up Thursday morning.

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