Oakhurst

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Oakhurst's second album de-emphasizes the quintet's bluegrass roots in favor of a more commercial form of country-tinged roots rock. The second track, "Give," even has a certain '70s AOR pop flavor that sounds sort of like the band's fellow Coloradoans Firefall interpreting a recent Dave Matthews Band hit. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with this unapologetically pop approach, but when flashes of the band's bluegrass prowess peek through, as on the acoustic rush of the first 30 seconds of "Sweet Carolina," it makes it that much harder to appreciate a pleasant but faceless roots rock shuffle like "Linger." Perhaps in reaction to this imbalance, Oakhurst's next album, Dual Mono, brought their acoustic string band roots back to the fore.

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