Reportedly recorded live-in-the-studio in 25 hours, the Great Western Squares' debut album Judas Steer is a dynamic, energetic set of alternative country-rock from the Irish band. The group balances covers -- both predictable (Gram Parsons' "A Song for You," Uncle Tupelo's "Moonshiner") and unexpected (Motorhead's "Ace of Spades," Ola Belle Reed's "High on a Mountain") -- with originals, and while some of the new songs may fall a little below par, it's not by much. Besides, the group's energy is infectious and they keep their momentum throughout the course of the record, resulting in a first-rate debut.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Owens