Album Review: Blitzen Trapper - "All Across This Land" (7/10)

500x500Envision something akin to Bob Dylan 
singing songs written and arranged by 
Bruce Springsteen. That’s the gist of All Across This Land, the return to form from 
Portland’s acclaimed experimental quintet 
whose repertoire spans everything from 
metal to country/folk, despite labeling 
themselves simply a conventional rock band. Eric Earley’s moonlight-dappled lyrics spread mile-wide smiles, but the best material on this album is loaded up front, leaving the record’s balance to slowly peter out. Still, one could do worse than soaking up this carefully crafted slice of Americana. – Andy Kaufmann