Brian Mulligan and The Lonesome Angels
"The Old Family Farm"
"The Old Family Farm" is so pleasant, warm, and inviting it's as if it were recorded on flannel. Brian Mulligan and The Lonesome Angels' new album plays out like yesteryear without getting too stuck in the syrup.
It all kicks off with some mellow roots that fly fleetly right into the subtle acceleration of track three, "Sparkle and Shine," complete with some NASA excerpts and a six-string nod to The Byrds. And while we're on the topic of The Byrds, it's clear to me that the ghost of Gram Parsons haunts "The Old Family Farm." Perhaps the Angels aren't lonesome, but rather grievous.
Where the band really shines is in how it avoids the clichés of sounding period and geographically correct. In fact, there are few rockers on here. And the band's members understand you don't need to be Woody Guthrie to be heard, nor do you need a totally vintage performance to earn respect. You just need to put out a swell record like "The Old Family Farm."