A few weeks ago there was some talk of half year “best of” lists. I didn’t get my act together then and don’t have it together now but I will tell you this…the best record of 2004 and now 2005 is Dustbowl Revival by Ox. It qualifies for both years because it was originally released in 2004 by the band themselves and now has been reissued with two bonus tracks by Second Nature Recordings.
I can’t say it much better than the pros:
“This remarkable debut is a collection of sunshine`n’ sorrow-soaked songs to swell the heart and chafe the soul.” Time Out
But what I will add is that this Canadian outfit creates the most serene alt-country landscape and somehow fills it with a cast of characters that would make John Irving blush. These Canadians get the isolation and desolation of the American west (and modern American society) better than any of the bands in the U.S. This is the record I wish I could wake up to in the morning and go to bed with at night.
Bonus track from Ox’s split ep Internatinal Pop Exchange