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“Wilde catalogs the stream-of-consciousness moments and seasoned observations of a sleep-deprived road warrior, leavening the self-discovery of travel with the ever-present longing for home.”
““Road Song” gets you hooked from the first line and makes you want to hear the rest of the album which doesn’t disappoint.”
“...the eight melodic and gritty, acoustic-fueled tunes on the band's "I Am The Morning" remind me most of all of those powerful mid-80s Springsteen tunes like "Shut Out the Light" – songs about despair and darkness but also hopes and dreams.”
“You'd never believe that these gents started out playing hardcore punk. While they are part of a growing tradition of punk rockers moving to roots music, these are not guys playing punk with acoustic guitars. What remains from their hardcore days is their ethos: frank and emotionally searing songs.”
“...the album has a dark potency, thirteen tracks of heart on your sleeve troubadour Americana, tales of loss and regret, heartache and disappointment, girls and bikes – delivered without pretence Wilde deals with the demons head on...”
“Wilde doesn’t contemplate the broader plight of the world, he discovers the intimate realization that a grown-up’s life may suck every bit as much as he imagined in his rock songs. Having nearly drunk himself to death, he writes from inward feelings of depression rather than lashing out at the world in punk anger. It doesn’t always live down to the modified slogan stuck to his guitar, “This machine kills hope,” but it gets pretty dark, and by disc’s end you’ll be looking for some kind of emotional respite. The songs of broken relationships feel desperate, and even the few rays of hope are shaded by an infinite expanse of cloudy days. Anyone who’s been really depressed will know the feelings of helpless self abnegation that Wilde expresses.”
“The lyrics depict a world without upward momentum, of time spent drifting numbly by bromides that don’t apply, and the will to live getting ever more lean.”