With a flair for slowcore country, the Transmissionary Six trudge through dusty, dollar towns with the heartbroken wanderlust of a drifter. Singer Terri Moeller has perfected the druggy and hazy croon of Margo Timmins, and from the somber "Piece of Cake" to the drowsy, pedal steel-driven "Karaoke Star Suffocate," she leads listeners through the dark side of cosmic American music. Much of Spooked -- "Almost Every Dog" and the melancholy "The Tree Who Loved the Axe" -- is far too spare for those who aren't devotees of the kind of music Slowdive was making, or at the very least, Will Oldham. But the Six sure do have a knack for creating a mood. The surreal quality of the record owes much to Kevin Suggs' pedal steel, and while the album may find fans of psychedelic alt-country longing for the sunny disposition of Beachwood Sparks' Farmer Dave Scher and company, Spooked does manage an idiosyncratic sound that stays true to the album title.
AllMusic Review by Charles Spano