Delusions of Adequacy

If you can make it past the band’s unfortunate name, you’ll find a clever and slightly optimistic duo who tap dance on the boundary between the new y’all-ternative (i.e. Wilco) genre and the boyish slack rock of 90s-era anti-heroes like The Lemonheads.

The band foregoes most of the big rock fireworks for seemless melodies, standard country instrumentation (guitar, harmonica, organ), and anti-rock instruments like sleigh bells and xylophone. The end result is a tremendous run of absolutely fantastic country-tinged pop songs.

Hesitation Eyes, especially “Terror on the Tarmac,” will work as the perfect sugar substitute for that cup of coal-black morning coffee that you’re using to prop your eyes after a long night of waiting on your ex’s call.