STATE CHAMPION: Stale Champagne: LP

Jan 20, 2011

Four-color gatefold sleeve and dust jacket with clear vinyl. It has the range, rawness, gait, emotionalism, and orchestration of Two Gallants and Avett Brothers, but not quite the lyrics or the power. The instrumentation is sparse and production is just-throw-a-mic-in-the-middle-of-the-living-room, which makes it very difficult to hear at times. There’s a little bit of drone and some oddly timed crescendo and decrescendo. Not a bad effort, but I’d like to hear some matured material that’s a bit more even-keeled.

 â€“thiringer (Self-released)