These songs have been filling Langhorne’s live shows the last couple of years, and what doesn’t do the (Pennsylvanian) Appalachian-folk-punker any favors is to compare these recordings to those live sets. On stage, he lights up with a raucous energy, adding unbelievable fury to songs like “She’s Gone,” delivering the preachy “Diamond and Gold” with a snarl of frustration and urgency.
Here, there’s a bit of filler mixed into a record otherwise quite fine but tame; a nicely re-worked version of “Restless” appears (previously on the Engine EP), while “Hello Sunshine” is a bit corny and feel-good. “The Tipping Point” and “Oh Honey” capture his playful, prancing style, while “Rebel Side of Heaven” is surprisingly forgettable. At his caliber, Langhorne’s biggest competition is himself.
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