The Dustbowl Revival have often lived up to the “revival” part of their name with a deft but clearly retro-minded approach that has swung back and forth from jazz and pop to various rootsy strains of blues and country. They’re still grounded in the past on their new, eponymous album, but this time they’re coming from a more soulful place that has more of a present-tense immediacy. Accompanied by guest Keb’ Mo’, lead singer Liz Beebe opens her aching heart amid a cluster of deceptively festive horns on “Honey I Love You.” The horns get really tight and funky on “Call My Name,” and Beebe’s vocals burst through the uptempo country rocker “Good Egg” with a sassy exuberance. The ballad “Debtors’ Prison” recalls the band’s early folk tendencies.
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