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Razor & Tie
This album just meanders through washed out blues and soul
Vocalist and guitarist J.D. Cronise said before this album's release that he listened to a lot of old country music, blues and rock to better represent the band's current tastes. High Country feels a lot different than the band's first three albums and I commend a band for always evolving. Yet this album just meanders through washed out blues and soul like a bad The Answer. While Black Stone Cherry can pull this off well, The Sword just simply drop the pale of water at the top.
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ALL REVIEWS FOR: THE SWORD
RATING Age Of Winters 2006 Kemado Records Eric Compton 7/21/2006 - High Country 2015 Razor & Tie Eric Compton 1/26/2016 2
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