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Troubled Times

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Gone Away
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Playing The Game
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Troubled Times
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So Lonely
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Running Away
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Mainstay
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City Syndrome
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Wayside
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Home
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Losing You
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 36:36

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They Say All Music Guide

Say this for AM: the man comes by his lazy roots rock sound honestly. Born in Oklahoma and raised in and around New Orleans, AM sings with a laid-back drawl and writes songs that rarely rise above a moderate level of emotional intensity or a cruising, middle-of-the-road tempo. Interestingly, his most obvious vocal referent is Ian McCullough — try spinning “Playing the Game” for friends over the age of 35 and ask them to guess the band, and it’s a good bet they’ll ask you which Echo & the Bunnymen B-side it is. The album’s feature single is “Mainstay,” which features the program’s most aggressive drums along with some really pretty 12-string guitar and the album’s only truly indelible hook. “City Syndrome” is also noteworthy, though, with its Weezer-meets-the Beach Boys backing vocals and summer evening vibe. The album closes with the lovely, minimalist “Losing You.” A year after AM’s release in 2004, the label released a remix EP featuring “Mainstay” along with four drastic (and often aggressively techno) rearrangements of that song, as well as a CD-R video track. It’s worth picking up, but good luck finding it — as of this writing, very few online outlets were offering it. (Try going direct to www.amsounds.com.) – Rick Anderson

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