The Kickbacks return with another batch of slice-of-life roots rock. Even The Blues is largely a collection of mid-tempo tunes with a fair number of quieter numbers for good measure. There are no barn burners, like “Lazy Eye” from their 2006 release Motel Stars. Tad Overbaugh and his band seem content to play things a little closer to the vest this time around. What the album lacks in reckless abandon it makes up for with a stellar album closer in the ballad “No Guarantees”.
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