Tales From The Atomic Tambourine

Kingdom Of Mustang

Independent release, 2020


REVIEW BY: Pete Crigler


On the third album by Charlottesville, VA’s own Kingdom Of Mustang, led by songwriter extraordinaire Mark Roebuck, we find a band that has slowed things down and found its groove. “At the Hi Lo Ha” is a nice, subdued track that will sound really good when live shows really start getting going again. The band stretches their wings a bit on Roebuck’s “Jeannie When You Killed The Stars,” which is one of the album’s main highlights. Musically, a bit more sophisticated, it still packs quite the punch.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

“Yesterday’s Blues” is another strong standout. Feels like good ol’ 80s college rock and works really well. But Jesus, the harmonies on “Each Time That You Break Down” are outstanding and turns the track into an exceptional one! This album reminds me of a lot of AM ‘70s pop like Firefall, Orleans, and Seals & Crofts, which is definitely not a bad thing. It’s nice to hear that kind of sound in today’s age, and it doesn’t sound dated or aged.

Those wonderful harmonies come to the forefront again on “Nothing At All.” One of the absolute best tracks the band have done, it works on every conceivable level and leaves the listener wanting more. The album’s closer, “All You Know Is What You Know” is a reverb-drenched track that ends the album in a pretty perfect way. It’s a nice chance to slow dance at a show with a special someone.

If you’re not from Virginia or haven’t heard of this band, give them a chance -- go to their Bandcamp.This is without a doubt one of the best sounding records of the year and hopefully it won’t be too insane to say that these guys have got a bright future ahead of ’em.

Rating: B+

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