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Furnace Room Lullaby
[B]'Furnace Room Lullaby'[/B] is a great stroke of post-alt-country near-genius...
And you can wipe that smirk off your face right now, stetson-phobes, because 'Furnace Room Lullaby' is a great stroke of post-alt-country near-genius. With the benefit of 21st century reason and a considerable dose of insanity, this 100 per cent all-croonin' an' a-strummin' Tammy Wynette-plays-the-Grand-Ole-Opry waxwork of suffering and soul-bearing becomes a joy to behold.
Show me a heart that fails to warm to the title track's tangible torment or 'Thrice All American''s anachronistic strummertime cod-patriotism and I'll show you a shrivelled plum. Even songs like Neko's otherwise unforgivable 'Guided By Wire' - double portion of achy breaky hearts, big dollop of pedal steel twang - can be tolerated by simply turning one's taste-dial back on to the country station.
Not easy, granted, but once there, you'll never look back.
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