Myself, I have no problem with a retro sound. In fact I quite like it. Songs like the album's opening number "Low" are very easy on the ear. "Blackstones" has a kind of hypnotic passion as it keeps "fading away." "She Won't Believe" works off an interesting rhythmic pattern. "Ain't Nothing Like it Used to Be" opens with an almost classic piano riff coupled with some string accents and although there is something portentous about the lyric, the song has a power all its own. These are musically well crafted songs, played with sincere commitment. If they seem to belong to another era, well who's to say there's anything wrong with that. I just have to wonder how many listeners would agree.
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