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The Harmed Brothers - Better Days (Fluff & Gravy Records)
This latest release from Oregon-based The Harmed Brothers once again brings with it more jingly-jangly acoustic foot-tappers, demonstrating once again band's aptitude for banjo-led adrenaline-fuelled banjo-led folk/pop, with ten new self-penned songs. The 'indiegrass' moniker accurately describes the band's straddling of the indie-rock and bluegrass fence, especially on such songs as the opener When You See Me, the title song Better Days which at times veers cheekily towards My Sweet Lord and the lilting Sky Cracked a Smile. With strong harmonies and tight arrangements, The Harmed Brothers wear their influences on their sleeve, from Ryan Adams to Uncle Tupelo and everything in between. Produced by David Beeman, BETTER DAYS provides more than a fleeting indication that The Harmed Brothers have come of age.