L.A. Edwards embrace heartland rock on Pie Town, but sometimes it's just too slick

Country boys L.A. Edwards go Hollywood via New Jersey on fifth album Pie Town

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Ever since 2018’s True Blue, L.A. Edwards have been getting more polished than their Americana roots could bear. Thankfully with this latest album they find a canny buffer: post-Born To Run Bruce Springsteen

Granted, Pie Town doesn’t have anthems of that calibre, but by embracing heartland rock they capture the earnest warmth of their earlier releases while leaning more comfortably on their 80s pop tendencies. 

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At its best, this results in rockers like Don’t Know Better and I Won’t, driving bass and stadium synths offering a sense of buoyancy. But soulful numbers like For You and Angel Wait still feel too slick, more Wet Wet Wet than any Springsteen/Petty fan will want to try. 

The middle ground is staid country rock, Little Sunshine and El Camino perfectly enjoyable if you don’t mind a lack of emotional depth, but especially frustrating when Waterfall and Can You See Me show the waters can run deep.

Rich Hobson

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