Hum Of The Motor


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Review Text Straw Dogs' Hum of the Motor is a road album in the best sense of the term -- just enough country, just enough rock, and just enough of a shimmering epic quality to evoke thoughts of highway journeys. David von Beck's songwriting is top-notch, and from the sunny, and a little sad, "All the Things," to the grooving "Blind Me Again," he employs a sound reminiscent of James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Ryan Adams. Dan Tyack's pedal steel really stands out, especially on the shuffling "Last Exit," a good ole country tune that has a lot in common with the material of the Los Angeles outfit I See Hawks In L.A.. Though von Beck hasn't yet developed a vibe as characteristic as, say, Eric Bachmann's of Crooked Fingers -- yet -- he's well on his way. ~ Charles Spano

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CD: 1

  1. 1. All the Things - 5:05
  2. 2. Pains of Arkansas - 4:51
  3. 3. Truth to Every Night - 4:36
  4. 4. Blinds Me Again - 3:03
  5. 5. Last Exit - 4:01
  6. 6. When She Was Good - 4:17
  7. 7. Will It Be Enough? - 3:29
  8. 8. Who I Am - 5:42
  9. 9. Mostly Alone - 4:04
  10. 10. Only Living Here - 4:13
  11. 11. Wired - 4:12

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