Stevie Tombstone sounds a little like a Tex-Mex/country/alt-folk Bruce Springsteen on much of 7:30 A.M., perhaps with a little Elvis Costello sprinkled in. His voice isn't as sandpapery as Springsteen's, but the tone of the Boss' starker and more somber work isn't too far removed from what Tombstone offers here, though in a far more country-influenced context. It's not only world-weary in ambience, but it's also territory that's well worn, with its looks back at times and moods that can't be recaptured, examinations of hard-earned life lessons, portraits of characters on the way down, and, of course, tales of heartbreak. Still, it's well done within its milieu, and though the mood is generally serious and downbeat, Tombstone does lighten up with some up-tempo honky-tonkin' beats on cuts like "Something That I Never Thought I'd Be," "Big Bad World," and "Murder City Breakdown" (which is much more musically upbeat than you'd guess from its title).
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AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger