The O's: Between The Two

~ Thursday, 30 June 2011
There’s a considerable amount of enjoyment and easy charm to Dallas indie folk duo, The O’s. I wonder how many indie folk duos there are in Texas? Must be quite a few I suppose, it’s a huge place. This is the follow up to their critically claimed 2009 album We Are The O’s that prompted Alternative Press to include them in their prestigious list, '100 bands you need to know'.

Taylor Young and John Pedgio of The O’s have made a great album. You get the impression that they are annoyed at people like music critics who try to squeeze them into a musical box. On the subject of being pigeonholed, Young himself isn’t one for labels, acerbically claiming that the band; ‘’sweat too much for a folk band.’’

A great opener in We’ll Go Walking but the stand out track for me is In Numbers We Survive where The O’s sway toward catchy Rolling Stones We Love You and Street Fighting Man territory, no bad thing. Trying To Have a Good Time is an infuriating catchy little number too and rocks along at a pace. Country ballad We Are Young ironically shows a musical maturity.

The playing is terrific, particularly the banjo work and Lowebro, that’s an acoustic lap steel, not a low fat or dumbed down German pilsner. The production captures the excitement of the bands live shows with Stuart Sikes, who has worked with Cat Power, White Stripes and Loretta Lynn bringing out the best in the duo.

There a few points when we get close to sounding like They Might Be Giants, particularly on Wrecking Ball but other than that minor irritation, The O’s Between The Two is a great album that like the man said is getting better all the time.

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Review by Charlie Brown