Album review

Tim Easton - Break Your Mother's Heart

Perhaps because he lacks the proper bad-boy image, Tim Easton has yet to be recognised as the rightful heir to the roots-rock throne occupied by Ryan Adams. Easton's introspective troubadour-ing and alt.country mystique speaks to the same demographic, but his lyricism is more oblique, shying away from big statements in favour of small surprises. Two of the best songs here are by Burn Barrel's JP Olsen, whose compositional presence says as much about Easton's respect for his roots as it does about Olsen's top-notch writing.

Rating: 3 / 10


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