Riding a streak of six jaw-droppingly good albums (plus a killer EP for good measure), Portland indie rockers Blitzen Trapper have amassed an impressive resume and cemented their place on my list of favorite current bands. It comes as no surprise to me whatsoever that their latest effort, “All Across the Land” is yet another winner.
“We recorded it specifically to be a two guitar, bass, drums and piano record,” frontman Eric Earley says of the new album. “Every song is a band song, and arranged just how we’d play it onstage. Because at this point, we’ve made tons of records and played tons of shows. And the people who come out to see us, they understand what we’re doing and they don’t care about genres or anything like that.
Blitzen Trapper have dabbled in everything from folk/rock, roots, art rock, alt country and pop over the years, all the while forging a unique sound all their own. That’s the case on “All Across the Land,” a dynamic 10-track, 40-minute platter that showcases everything the band has to offer.
The title track gets things off to a solid start, and Blitzen Trapper really hit their stride with standout cuts “Rock and Roll (Was Made for You),” “Love Grow Cold,” “Nights Were Made for Love,” “Cadillac Road,” “Even If You Don’t” and “Across the River.” Highly recommended. (Jeffrey Sisk)