First Impression Review
Son Volt - American Central Dust C
The media, the record company, or whomever has been promoting this album as the second coming of Trace, their magnificent debut album. But unfortunately this album doesn't come close to capturing the accessibility and hook of their 1995 classic.
I'd read that Down to the Wire and When the Wheels Don't Move were the album's best tracks, but only No Turning Back stood out during my first listen. Since then a few more tracks have grown on me but this is one hell of a slow burn. It's not a horrible album by any stretch, but it's a disappointment considering the brilliance of their last two albums.