Too Drunk To Dream

…ain’t no drinking when the bottle’s dry…

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns

I’ve fallen for this album in the last couple of days. I think it is the combination of influences that grabs me right away, and as the album unfolds, it becomes the melodies that form a lasting impression. I can’t help but compare Nils Edenloff’s vocals to that of Jeff Mangum’s. It’s that careless vocal style that offers up a careless impression of the Neutral Milk Hotel singer’s tone. The music is similarly careless. Not sloppy. But it weaves and spins, yelps and halts in a fashion similar to, say, The Avett Brothers, without as much of a country-punk ethos, but more of a focus on beat, melody and layering.

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December 20, 2008 Posted by | alt country, americana, canada, hometowns, jameson, Neutral Milk Hotel, rural alberta advantage, toodrunktodream, Toronto | Leave a comment