Steven Mirkin
April 26, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Massachusetts

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Sub Pop
genre
Country

We gave it an A-

The Scud Mountain Boys’s Massachusetts‘ guitars may twang and moan, but the ”country” it evokes feels more like rural New England than Nashville. With songs of drunken regret and clear-eyed desperation that are closer to John Cheever than George Jones, the album’s slyly beautiful melodies and parched entreaties have the bracing chill of a Nor’east wind. A-

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