VII - VAGRANT
FILTER Grade: 74%
By Robert Rea on October 4, 2013
On Blitzen Trapper’s seventh album, frontman Eric Earley tells bizarre tales set in old, weird America, a nightmarish backcountry populated by ghosts, gamblers, devils, drunkards and a crooked-toothed vixen with a neck tatt. The band sounds more polished than ever, especially when they shed their folk roots, but the funky riffs (“Feel the Chill,” “Drive On Up”) owe more to Songs in the Key of Life than Highway 61 Revisited.