Despite their obvious sense of humor and detailed story songs, Deadbolt starts to wear thin on Hobo Babylon. It might be that this sort of ghoulishly humorous rockabilly is becoming more common, or it could just be that after all these years they finally have started to lose their inspiration. But the most obvious problem that they have is that every single song on this album sounds the same. Sure, there are different tempos and lyrics, but essentially this is just the band telling train stories over the same moody guitar and winding bass. The main difference is that some of the songs are more clever than others; "She Walks With the Dead" is a bright and clever opener that tells of the hobo messenger informing someone that their lover has died, but "Drunk Guy on the Train" is a long-winded borefest that throws in meek attempts to shock. Deadbolt has always been a talented band, but the hobo theme of this album (taken from an unfinished true crime novel) just does not stay interesting for the whole 50 minutes. Despite some decent bright spots, this is a very odd and underperformed album from a group that has shown much more promise in the past.
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AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano