If there was ever a reason to quibble with Cunningham's first project, Man in the Ring, it was that it almost sounded a bit too smooth, as if the group's silky melodies and too-good-to-be-true grooves betrayed the raw and rustic nature of genres the band so clearly loved. Any such frustration is remedied on 'Midnight Choir.' While the songs are still accessible, the album settles on a sound that's at once more scuffed-up and streamlined. In simplifying the sound, Cunningham has deepened it; in tapping more fully into the roots of roots music, he and his cohort have made a way forward. 'Opener "Chains on Me" is one of those cross-cutting songs that will hit the spot for fans of Southern rock, mainstream country and the sort of soulful roots music that acts such as Robert Randolph Band regularly deal out. "Fit for a King" is a gorgeous, gentle slice of ambling Americana with one of Cunningham's most sublime melodies yet. Other highlights include the gritty rock-meets gospel music feel of "Drive All Night" and "Down," an effective, bluesy number.' Aarik Danielson, Columbia Daily Tribune.