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Review Text Raw, stripped-down country is the operative here on the debut album from this New York trio. Singer/guitarist/songwriter Anders Thomsen eschews all the standard hat-hunk vocal and instrumental approaches endemic to modern country, providing instead straight-ahead, no-nonsense songwriting coupled with vocals and twang-worthy playing that cut to the heart of each one of these finely crafted songs. Being a country power trio has its limitations, however; what probably sounds full on the bandstand comes off a little thin sonically compared to even spartan C&W productions (think Dwight Yoakam); but conversely, this straight-ahead, no-frills approach also focuses more attention on the songs themselves, not a bad thing at all. Retro-minded offerings like "Johnny Walker Redneck," "Ain't You Been a Cowboy for Too Long," "Tequila, Salt & Lime" and "All the Way From Abilene" make this a new country disc that's several shades different than your standard CMT fare. A promising debut. ~ Cub Koda

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  1. 1. All the Way From Abilene - 3:52
  2. 2. Ain't You Been a Cowboy For Too Long - 4:57
  3. 3. Johnny Walker Redneck - 4:37
  4. 4. Run Until I Die - 3:51
  5. 5. Tequila, Salt & Lime - 5:00
  6. 6. Love You Always - 3:20
  7. 7. I Have a Ball - 4:54
  8. 8. Country Speed - 4:44
  9. 9. Torrential Rains - 3:44
  10. 10. Rodeo Man - 3:14
  11. 11. I Was Born to Wander - 3:58
  12. 12. Lovin' (Like It's the End of the World) - 4:01

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