Blitzen Trapper
American Goldwing


2.0
poor

Review

by Keelan H. EMERITUS
October 29th, 2011 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Oh hey, another Blitzen Trapper album. Oh heyyyyy.

At this point it seems impossible to actually write a criticism of Blitzen Trapper. Now four albums into their career and they continue to turn out the same rootsy Americana rock that mines the tradition of the American music scene--incorporating everyone from the Allman Brothers to The Grateful Dead to Bob Dylan. American Goldwing doesn’t change the pattern one bit, which creates a bit of a conundrum: Blitzen Trapper are really good at what they do, but at this point “what they do” is becoming tired. This is one of the few definitive criticisms I can lodge at the album; at this point it’s hard to imagine the band gaining new fans, or turning their existing fanbase against them. So the problem of American Goldwing is purely that of stasis. Just what exactly is the point of this thing anyways?

It’s sort of a shame really; as usual, when the band gets it right, they nail that shit on the fucking head. “Fletcher” is easily the strongest manifestation of what American Goldwing is (or rather, what it wants to be). The song is all open road beard waving. I’ve never been on a chopper, I’ve never had my grizzly face blowing in the golden sunset on California One with an American flag bandana, but goddammit “Fletcher” makes me think, nay, know I have. It’s Easy Rider in musical form, and it’s glorious. So basically the rest of American Goldwing will result in you measuring a song’s worth on a scale of 1-10 Fletchers. When most of the time those numerical Fletchers are 5 and below, you start to see the problem with the album. Sure, Blitzen Trapper attempt to vary the formula a bit--there’s the jangly campfire number, or that one about astronauts--but when it comes right down to it, everything’s all the same. Ho hum. (oh wait, I guess that was easier than I first thought.)



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thebhoy
Emeritus
October 29th 2011


4461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nice soundoff jerkface. Remember in the staff forums when I said I would do this about 2 months ago? Remember when I still wrote reviews? Is this even a review? God I'm tired.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2011


16911 Comments


IF THIS IS STAFF QUALITY THEN I DONT WANT TO BE A PART

Digging: Low Roar - 0

thebhoy
Emeritus
October 29th 2011


4461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ouch, cuts deep brah


SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2011


16911 Comments


hahaha kidding though obv.

for such a short review, I enjoyed it.

Sanders
October 30th 2011


2361 Comments


I liked it, this is about as much as my concentration span can take.

jefflebowski
October 30th 2011


8257 Comments


review is perfectly fine in terms of length considering the overall homogeneity of the album

Romulus
October 30th 2011


8447 Comments


i enjoy this review

thebhoy
Emeritus
October 30th 2011


4461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It flows surprisingly well, and I'm only saying this because I wrote the first paragraph about 2 1/2 months ago

patrickfannon
October 30th 2011


886 Comments


I literally laughed out loud to myself when I read that summary on the homepage. Well done, and so deadly true.

iFghtffyrdmns
October 31st 2011


7047 Comments


yeah they're pretty mediocre from what I've heard.
Even though this was so short I enjoyed the hell out of reading it, nicely done keelan

thebhoy
Emeritus
October 31st 2011


4461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

cheers guys

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2011


24090 Comments


clicked on the link because of the summary

then I saw it was a short ass review so i read it

good work

Digging: Mitski - bury me at makeout creek

lancebramsay
November 5th 2011


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album was disappointing and I love Blitzen Trapper

lancebramsay
November 5th 2011


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Review was good
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