REQ’D: Pulling up Floorboards: LP

REQ’D do real-deal Americana rock, and while the songs don’t always land, they occasionally glow. I’m thinking of the longtime love of “I Remember”; the jolt of lyrics like “I’ll drag you down from the cross/ I’ll haul you to hell/ Where some speak French/ And the other half just yell,” and “I’m not me anymore since you walked in my door”; the wobbly irony of “Always Easy.” The leaves are changing, the heat’s clicking on. This album’s not a bad place to be. –Matt Werts (Wondertaker, wondertaker.com)