Stranger in a Strange Land
Label: Sub Pop Records
American Goldwing opens with the one-two punch of "Might Find It Cheap" and "Fletcher." Both tunes embody what has gradually become the Blitzen Trapper sound: a punchy, nasally fusion of power pop and country rock, with a dash of "hick-hop" syncopation thrown in for maximum grooviness. The group, in all honesty, hasn't really changed their strategy through the years. But that's OK. Even when the songwriting feels born of habit, American Goldwing sounds fantastic. Every instrument -- harmonica, pedal steel, banjo, piano, those soaring harmonies -- has been rendered in crystallized vibrancy.