Loveless & Goodnight Trail

The Loveless and Goodnight Trail

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Loveless & Goodnight Trail is a Seattle quartet indebted to the loose insurgent country of No Depression-era Uncle Tupelo. Their self-titled debut wears this influence like a cowboy hat, but also incorporates elements of indie rock, especially in the quiet verses of "Brevity." "Making Out With Dan" emulates the sound of mid-'90s groups like Archers of Loaf, but can't quite match their intensity or lyrical prowess. Unfortunately, this lumps Loveless & Goodnight Trail into a trough with all the mid-'90s bands that couldn't match the Archers' intensity, either. Despite these conceptual dead ends, it's the amalgam of country heartbreak and rock's sonic fury made so famous by Uncle Tupelo that truly guides Loveless & Goodnight Trail. And while this isn't necessarily a bad thing, the band's debut is a little too obvious in its adoration. "Rand McNally" and "Disappointing" even ape the high-low harmonies of UT's Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy. Loveless & Goodnight Trail has some rough going ahead, separating itself from its influences; it might also be a good idea to change its moniker to something that doesn't sound so much like a failed Larry McMurtry novel.

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