Leah Greenblatt
May 02, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

American Hearts

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
A.A. Bondy
genre
Folk

We gave it a B+

His name sounds like a turn-of-the-century household fixative, and indeed A.A. Bondy’s little-heard ’07 debut (now rereleased on Fat Possum) bears a timeless patina. Built on country-tinged couplets and the occasional harmonica trill, American Hearts sounds like a cowboy’s campfire lament — a cowboy with a rucksack full of Dylan bootlegs. Whether the subject is religious faith — ”Rapture (Sweet Rapture)” — or class-A narcotics (”Vice Rag”), Bondy is a practiced chronicler of the down-but-not-quite-out, to the point where he occasionally slips into cliché. Still, he delivers it all with quiet, heartfelt conviction. B+
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