J.Wagner & S.Waugh
Whitney Pastorek
July 08, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

American Central Dust

Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B-

After two albums of musical expansion, Son Volt’s retreat to their traditional country-folk motif winds up coming across as listless and a little bored. Jay Farrar’s nasal drone often sounds stranded on stage all alone, which helps his frequently cumbersome lyrics (”More ways to buy trouble/Than a bail bondsman finds friends in jail”)…well, not at all. So while the songs that sizzle on American Central Dust — ”Down to the Wire,” ”When the Wheels Don’t Move” — are of vintage stock, be prepared to sift through some monotonous meandering ? to find them. B?

Download This: Listen to the song Down to the Wire on the band’s MySpace

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