There are some records that have to grow on you and there are some that grab you within the first few chords and makes you scream “holy f-ing crap this shit is genius!” Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves’ sophomore full-length Canyons does just that. This album is 10 songs of rock ‘n’ roll purity. Just take the opening track “Dream In My Head,” it is the perfect rock song. It’s the kind of song that could not only transcend genres but generations. “Heavy Rolling Thunder” is another song along these same lines while “Lonely Days” brings out Wollard’s softer, country side and “Crawl” is an anthem built for rowdy parties and shows. One thing that is absolutely crystal clear—Chris Wollard is a stellar songwriter and whether it is here or with his other projects one can NEVER go wrong with something that he’s involved with.