American Central Dust (2009) 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… 2009-07-07 Son Volt Rock
Music Review

American Central Dust (2009)

Son Volt | HIGH VOLTAGE (From left) Dave Bryson, Chris Masterson, Jay Farrar, Andrew Duplantis, and Mark Spencer
Image credit: J.Wagner & S.Waugh
HIGH VOLTAGE (From left) Dave Bryson, Chris Masterson, Jay Farrar, Andrew Duplantis, and Mark Spencer
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jul 07, 2009; Lead Performance: Son Volt; Genre: Rock

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–

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Originally posted Jul 08, 2009 Published in issue #1056 Jul 17, 2009 Order article reprints