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Chrome Reflection

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This offering, led by Jason Collett but with help from Andrew Cash, Hawksley Workman, and some members of the Skydiggers, is a throwback to deliberate 4/4 alternative country tunes and pop/rock gems. Nearly ballad-free except for "Motor Motel Love Song," the album sticks to an almost timeless formula that works exquisitely. The album opens with the gorgeous "Choke Cherry," which resembles a Cash Brothers arrangement. But their influence is found nowhere more than on the solemn, somber "Airport." A sizable influence also appears to be the early '80s rock of Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe on the galactic-sounding keyboards during the chorus of "Super Model" and the infectious singalong quality to "Tiny Ocean of Tears." The tribal, Native American beats on "Madame Pompadour" propel this tune in a rather unique manner. Collett's voice carries the album, especially on "Brand New Beggar." The sweet pop harmonies on "Too Much" don't go quite as far as one may expect, but an average song is the worst presented here. "Silent One" returns to the strong arrangements of old school pop/rock. This is a great album with a great supporting cast.

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