Frontier Ruckus   The Orion Songbook
Ranking: #86 for 2008

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5.0 classiciranscam | March 17th 10

My personal favorite album of 2008 and probably the most frustratingly overlooked album that I've ever come across. How a band of this caliber can exist and still have "banjo" as a major tag on is beyond me. Frontier Ruckus are a quartet?quintet?sextet? that hail from Detroit, but play on the premise that they're from the town of Orion, Michigan, a town of frontman Matthew Milia's own making that, judging by this soundtrack, exists in an eternal autumn dusk constructed of timeless memories. The band's bluegrass-tinged folk sound serves as the perfect vehicle for Milia's emotional songwriting. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that his lyrics are better than anything written in the past five years at least. The mood the lyrics strive for are matched by the instrumentation and melodies with pinpoint precision. I can't say enough good things about this.


4.0 excellentsth550 | February 26th 14
3.5 greatmattwatertime | June 12th 13
4.0 excellentc0ffee | March 7th 12
4.0 excellentmttgry | January 19th 12
4.5 superbJips | July 29th 11
3.5 greatsollopsist | January 23rd 11
3.5 greatmallen- | January 15th 11
4.5 superbMilesJames | May 4th 10
4.0 excellentZebra | December 22nd 08
4.5 superbDoppelganger | November 2nd 08

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