Each successive Freakwater album takes a baby step towards modernization — the production slightly cleaner, the arrangements slightly more elaborate. This time, it's the gorgeous pedal steel that kicks the group out of the Appalachian Mountains and into Nashville circa 1958. This alt-country combo, founded by Eleventh Dream Day member Janet Beveridge Bean and childhood friend Catherine Ann Irwin, is determined to stay true to the emotional roots of country music. Their modern touches are strictly lyrical — their characters speak far more forthrightly about their heartbreak. As usual, Freakwater work in a few covers: the expected (Woody Guthrie's "Little Black Train") and the out-of-left-field (Loudon Wainwright III's "Out of This World") that keep the group balanced in its quest to be the finest modern old-fashioned country band that alt-rock has to offer.
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