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Originally a concept piece (and shelved novel) about the dusty transients of a fictional old motel, this follow-up to 2001’s The American Scene was whittled down from over 100 songs by Terry Miles. Still tuned to early-’70s soft-rock radio, feathery melodies are shaded by sluggish beats. Charlie Hase’s hypnotic drifts of steel and the contrast between Miles’ melancholy croon and girlfriend Kelly Haigh’s airy lightness. Where the Burritos meet The Beatles and Rundgren shares a porch light with Neil Young.

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