Rodeo Boy

The Pine and Promise

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Rodeo Boy's third album is reasonably accomplished but undistinguished early 21st century indie guitar rock. There are the slightest of grunge influences in the contrast of quiet passages with noisier crescendo ones, and a far greater pop influence in the frequent harmonies. An oxymoronic taste of cheerful moodiness pervades many of the cuts, with their thoughtful blend of rough and sweet guitar lines and slightly straining, high lead vocals (which could certainly benefit from a mix that made the lyrics clearer). It's best when the more upbeat pop harmonics are emphasized, as on "Oh the Pageantry" and "Wrong About Winter." It's another entry in the long line of modestly engaging mid-South alternative guitar pop records that have been on the scene since the '80s, and it's a consistent if not particularly exciting one.