David Browne
July 26, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Here Comes the New Folk Underground

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
David Baerwald
Producers
Lost Highway
genre
Folk

We gave it an A-

Known more for his contributions to Sheryl Crow’s debut and his ’80s David + David one-shot, Baerwald returns with an album that’s hardly folk. The music, all ear-friendly roots pop, dips into jaunty Americana, supper-club soul, and warm bluegrass; call it modern retro, like the music of his label mate Ryan Adams. Who else would subversively wed those styles to narratives about drunk-driving accidents and gutter-bound screwups? Plus, ”Hellbound Train” is the most exuberant apocalypse warning you’ll ever hear.

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