Album Reviews – Delta Spirit, Born Ruffians, Blitzen Trapper

History from Below by Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit is a ‘roots rock’ band from San Diego.Guessin’ that ‘roots rock’ essentially just means they use tons of classic American influences and kind of mash them together. First heard these guys two years ago. Their album “Ode to Sunshine” was one of the great musical surprises of the year for me.The first thing that I initially noticed about Delta Spirit in 08 and again this time round are the dramatically gritty vocals of lead singer Matthew Vasquez. Apparently this bro was homeless before being in the band and some of the other members just saw/heard him performing at the train station and then he joined up with them. Feelin’ like even this band’s story is generically American. Anyways, Vasquez’ soulful voice is typically what makes Delta Spirit’s music something special. I just wish that on “History from Below” he was allowed to shine a little more. For example you have to wait till the closing minute of the very Ryan Adamseque “Golden State” to hear Vasquez really let loose. When he finally does it’s almost a full scream. It’s as if he had been holding it in the whole time and couldn’t hold it back any longer. I feel like that song is a microcosm of the whole album. “History from Below” had almost all of the elements to be a great album, it just needed a little more raw emotion.

Golden State
Bushwick Blues

History from Below 3.5 out of 5

Say it by Born Ruffians

I’ve like the Born Ruffians in the past, but I was more than a little disappointed with this latest effort. Kind of felt like each song had potential to be good but that almost all of them were in need of being flushed out. Each song sounded like a regular song minus some of the instruments needed to finish it. If that makes any sense. IDK it was just all a little minimalist for this type of rock in my opinion. The one song I did enjoy was called “Come Back” it had kind of a ‘Chicago” Saturday in the Park vibe for me.

say it – 2 out of 5

Destroyer of the Void by Blitzen Trapper


Not too many bands out their doin’ “70’s folk revival” revival music. It might just be Blitzen Trapper and they really nail the whole aesthetic. I mean just look at that cover art haha. The song “The Man Who Would Speak True” sounds so much like it could be on an “America” album, it is ridiculous. Overall, if you have enjoyed past Blitzen Trapper stuff then chances are you will like “Destroyer of the Void” as well. It just didn’t quite have that one magical track like “Furr” on the album of the same name, and it wasn’t quite as gritty as anything on “Black River Killer”. Either way a solid album. Chances are that one of these songs will grow on me over time.

The man who would speak true

Sadie

Destroyer of the Void – 3.5 out of 5

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