While alt-country favorites Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) and Jay Farrar (of Son Volt) were straying away from the electrified folk sound that made their previous band Uncle Tupelo the band that started a movement, it took a British artist, Peter Bruntnell, to get back to the basics of a distinctly American form of music. Normal for Bridgwater, Bruntnell's third album, sounds more Tupelo than any of the ex-members of Tupelo had managed in quite a while, which is either a welcome step back (for those who aren't fond of the new rock direction of each of the ex-members) or a startling rip-off of something that's already out of date, depending on your perspective. Normal for Bridgwater leans more towards the Son Volt school, which is only natural since two of the band's regular members guest here. It's hard to call it a rip-off with any conviction, however, because it's actually better than anything Son Volt has done since their debut.
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AllMusic Review by Sean Carruthers