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Here's to Taking it Easy - Dead Oceans
FILTER Grade: 86%

By Marty Garner on May 17, 2010



Though he’s no longer covering Willie Nelson, Matthew Houck’s latest release finds him settling deeper in the Red Headed Stranger’s territory. Recorded with the same band that delivered To Willie, Here’s to Taking It Easy rests in the lines between love and heartache, celebration and mourning—and all of it is draped in a muted, silo-high production that cuts the hard edges off the record’s darker moments. MARTY GARNER

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