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Twin Forks, Twin Forks (Dine Alone Records)


01/23/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 Even emo-bashers should be able to deal with this project, led by Dashboard Confessional singer Chris Carrabba, who claims that this heavily bluegrass-ified Mumford/Arcade Fire hybrid is where his heart lies. “Kiss Me Darling” is loud but pure Americana, its curveball a one-drop section that would fit on a Passafire single, but for the most part this is about hayseed-barnyard stomp, not simply owing to all the banjo parts but because of the overall whiskey-slamming feel of tunes like “Can’t Be Broken,” its John Bonham drums turning the thing into a redneck version of Gaelic Storm. Speaking of that, “Scraping Up the Pieces” puts on certain Celtic ren-fair airs of its own in a stubborn straying from the Americana angle, which apparently isn’t set in stone for the band. But it fits, certainly, and meanwhile Carrabba sounds particularly jacked during “Something We Just Know,” which at one point reads like the most well-produced jug band you could ever hear. Lots of enthusiasm here, no denying that. A  — Eric W. Saeger






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