All Fired Up


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All Fired Up Review

by Steve Leggett

A pioneering country-rock band, Poco have soldiered on through some four and a half decades now, losing and adding key members at a regular clip, until only pedal steel whiz Rusty Young remains as an original member, and while this set, the group's first new album since 2003's Running Horse, has some bright, Poco-like moments with songs like "All Fired Up," "When She's Mine," and "Love Has No Reason," it's really a case of diminishing returns at this point. Young's songs are solid, as are bass player Jack Sundrud's, and this version of Poco is still a great live act, where they're free to dip into Poco's fine back catalog, but the band was founded with the idea of several songwriters and several voices sharing a vision, and this set, while it will please Poconuts, feels a bit generic and tired and in need of another voice or two.

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