Thursday, November 07, 2013

Album Review: Drag the River

Title:  Drag the River (Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)
Artist:  Drag the River (Official, Facebook, MySpace, BandCamp,, AllMusic, Wikipedia)

Drag the River’s sixth (I think) proper full-length record is quintessential DTR while at the same time a breath of new life into a band approaching the 20 year mark.  Drag the River is a record full of energy bringing the rock back to the forefront, with Chad Price taking up a Les Paul electric guitar for the first time with DTR.  That’s not to say that the record is lacking for this band’s signature acoustic driven ballads because they’re there (see the heart wrenching “Waste of Time Valentine”), but this time around Price and co-vocalist/co-guitarist Jon Snodgrass really deliver the rock.  The album’s opening tracks “Witchita Skyline” and “Not That Kind” set the tone for the rest of the album, acting as a rallying cry that Drag the River is back and they aren’t f-ing around.  Price and Snodgrass are songwriting masters and that talent is on full display here, as is Price’s unbelievable voice.  Drag the River is an instant classic and one of the best records of the year!

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