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Review Text Former Oblivians and Compulsive Gamblers frontman Greg Cartwright cools his boiling garage leanings to a simmer on the Memphis musician's debut with the Reigning Sound. It's all about the material on Break Up Break Down, and there are only scattered references to the primal blues-rock of Cartwright's notable '90s projects. Heart-tugging vocals and songwriting are the central components that this country-folk collection revolves around. Highlights like the waltz-time lament "Goodbye" have just what it takes to grip the inner Hank Williams in every garage rocker, without tripping any irony-minded alerts that equate anything emotional with overt sentimentality. Perhaps this delicate country-rock balancing act is what impressed the Hives enough to take the Reigning Sound out on tour, or perhaps the decision was tribute to Cartwright's overlooked punk/gospel work with Oblivians. Such thoughts won't concern fans of traditional American music after they've confronted the authenticity and the sweetness of Break Up Break Down. ~ Vincent Jeffries

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Since When - 2:23
  2. 2. I Don't Care - 3:33
  3. 3. You Don't Hear the Music - 3:11
  4. 4. Goodbye - 4:51
  5. 5. As Long - 3:59
  6. 6. Want You - 3:51
  7. 7. So Goes Love - 3:34
  8. 8. Take a Ride - 5:43
  9. 9. Waiting for the Day - 3:28
  10. 10. So Sad - 3:24
  11. 11. I'm So Thankful - 3:01

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