Two Gallants - 'The Bloom And The Blight'

Celebrate the duo's return with muscular cowpunk and country swagger

It’s been half a decade since the last Two Gallants album, but time hasn’t quelled this San Franciscan duo’s spirit. Their fourth LP is heavy with muscular cowpunk riffs that conjure up a meaty, moody vision of North America, coming over like the Grand Ole Opry bringing its country swagger to CBGB. They can be tender too; the melancholic roar of ‘My Love Won’t Wait’, fierce pulse of ‘Cradle Pyre’ and blisteringly theatrical ‘Ride Away’ are set off by freewheelin’ harmonica and harmonies in ‘Broken Eyes’ and the handsome piano-spiked ‘Sunday Souvenirs’.

Leonie Cooper
8 / 10

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