On Sun Machine, the Lost Dakotas make the shift from the acoustic-based folk-rock of Last Train to Kipling to a harder-edged country-rock sound. The transition seems a natural progression for the band. Paul Dakota continues to distinguish himself as a songwriter on this release, especially on "Down," "Almost Underground," and "New Words of Love." The band pays tribute to little-known Canadian singer/songwriter Handsome Ned with a version of Ned's song "Lost Weekend." Claiming in the liner notes that "Two Neds are better then one," the band also gamely tackles an oddity track by Ned Sublette, "Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other." Virtually ignored on its initial release, Sun Machine stands up as a worthwhile country-rock effort and, unfortunately, the last release from a unique Canadian band.
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