Dave Gleason's Wasted Days

Just Fall to Pieces

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Dave Gleason's Wasted Days are heavily influenced by the late-'60s and early-'70s country-rock of bands such as the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Byrds (that is, the incarnation of the Byrds fueled by Clarence White). And on Just Fall to Pieces, Gleason and this crew of Californians do a darn good job of approximating their ancestors. The album is rife with fiery, twangy guitar leads and bright peals of pedal steel, with a solid rock current maintaining the music's tough edge. "Train of Blue" is more traditional and steeped in the colors of Bakersfield, as once done up by Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. "Neon Rose" is an almost rockabilly-tinged attempt at honky tonk that works very well, with some solid bubbly guitar runs on the low strings. "Look at the Way You've Become" sounds eerily like a Hillman-Parsons composition from the early days of the Burrito Brothers. Gleason and the Wasted Days are very specific in their intentions, and they are strong at what they do, but this is for country-rock purists. If you've got an attachment to the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo or the Flying Burrito Brothers' Gilded Palace of Sin, then you will certainly enjoy this album.

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