To The Races

Album Review of To The Races by Eric Bachmann.

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To The Races

Eric Bachmann

To The Races by Eric Bachmann

Release Date: Aug 22, 2006
Record label: Saddle Creek
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

70 Music Critic Score
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To The Races - Fairly Good, Based on 1 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Recorded in the Tower Circle Hotel in the Hatteras Island city of Buxton, NC, Crooked Fingers and Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann's first official solo album -- not counting his mostly instrumental soundtrack to the independent baseball thriller Ball of Wax -- aims for the rural mystique of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska. Fans of Bachmann's gruff Neil Diamond-meets-Steve Earle vocals and lonesome and literate subject matter will find everything they love about the Carolina native on display, while those who prefer his vocal affectations surrounded by the din of a full band should stick with his group efforts. To the Races gets off to a grand start with the tropical imagery-laden "Man o War," a sparse yet majestic opener that utilizes Bachmann's penchant for sharp and rhythmic fingerpicking and uses the lovely multi-tracked vocals of Miranda Brown as a string section.

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