Heartbreak On The 101
Great title. This bearded-bros-at-the-farmers-market crew's fourth album neatly triangulates vintage Laurel Canyon folk-rock with current flannelled-indie-dude sensitivity, with a little bit of punk bravado and a whole lot of AM-radio melancholy. Topics include the "Slow Cruel Hands of Time," "Heartbreak on the 101," and the undeniable fact that "Everything's Gonna Be Undone." Which is all sweeter, cheerier and catchier than it sounds, and often weirder, too: The bewildering "Dumpster World" basically sounds like Jimmy Eat World covering "Horse With No Name." It's about time.