From its persistent mandolin to its occasional southern-fried slide-guitar licks, Justin Allen is downhome authentic, right down to his hillbilly vocal tone, which keeps this Nashville-based project true to its roots. “Come A Little Closer” achieves an engaging hookiness and Allen’s female backup singer adds a nice glow. That’s one thing we notice in all these tracks––Allen’s voice, though it has an appealing tone, texture and authority, gets no boost from the mix, which pretty much lets everything roll on an equal basis. The drum sound is especially disappointing for such a ballsy band. As a result, catchy tunes like the stompin’ “Angelina” and the fiery “Hard Luck Man” are not all they could be.