This is a soundtrack for campfire suicides, lonely horseback rides, and loss. I don’t know what “dark roots music” is, but the bands on this collection fall into two groups. The first take the dustiest, dirtiest sounds of old-school country and do everything they can to add an impenetrable bleakness. They do not make music for sunny days. The second really need to stop listening to MurderBallads-eraNickCave for awhile. Luckily, bands that fall into the first group far outnumber those that fall into the second. Actually, I don’t know if that’s lucky at all. I think I have to turn this off because the sadness is fucking crushing me right now.
–mp (Devil’s Ruin)