Release Date: Jan 23, 2007
Record label: Merge
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
The Broken West may hail from Los Angeles but they reside at the crossroads where indie rock, power pop and country-rock meet and mix together into something quite wonderful. Unfailingly tuneful and sweetly melodic, the group's debut is a rollicking gem of a record that may remind you of lots of bands but it also vaults them on an equal footing. Not too many bands can equal their influences on their first try, but the Broken West do it.
The Broken West's debut sports a big, masculine sound strangely lacking in swagger but with a sensitivity that never devolves into emo self-consciousness. If the L.A. quartet's confident power-pop were to approach you in a bar, it would take the form of the guy every girl wants to take home to mom: earnest, manly, and appropriately attractive. He sidles up with "On the Bubble," dimples on display, and you're hooked.