We like how the lead vocals of artist Josef McManus are mixed high and prominent in these recordings. What becomes clear is that he projects real character, has a point of view and isn’t coy about presenting it. “World is changing too fast” he sings on “Existential Frontiers,” which is powered by a driving country-rock beat and tasty slide guitar and harmonica. Equally up-tempo but more angry is “Union Fight Song” whose message is driven home with snarling electric guitar underscored by nice banjo. McManus faces a soured relationship with “We ain’t losing nothing that’s already gone bad.” While his tunes are not drop-dead catchy, there’s an authentic edge to this performer that makes a strong impression.