No Depression reviews Ben Trickey’s new pensive, ‘roots-informed’ LP Choke & Croon

BenTrickey_2016_AlphonsoWhitfield[1_“Three years was far too long to wait a new Ben Trickey album. His debut, Rising Waters, was one of my favorites of 2013 and continues to be a standby, even three years later. But maybe three years was the right amount of time; it goes without saying that Choke & Croon is meticulous in its execution. Trickey has side-stepped away from the distinctive, mournful Americana that defined his first album. Instead, it’s probably more accurate to say that this collection of songs is informed by roots music. The songs are rife with guitar and fiddle, but feel more like set dressing than driving forces of the music. This is especially true in the six-minute epic “Monster,” which brings Trickey’s previous experience as an abstract installation artist to the forefront.” READ MORE…

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