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Review: Blitzen Trapper

Blitzen Trapper
“Wild Mountain Nation”

Dirty, I feel dirty; just go with me on this. Have you ever listened to a song that makes you feel like a mud bath would be a cleaner substitute than listening to it? I’m not starting this to say that Blitzen Trapper’s newest album “Wild Mountain Nation” is of the pig pen variety, no, I am actually saying this to praise them according to one of my own personal rants. I started collecting vinyl records about six months ago after I found a 1966 Magnavox high-fi record player, and since then I have been buying a litany of classic rock albums. There was something about that old rock n’ roll that felt like it was a rebellion from the clean cut music of its day. The guitars were loud and crazy, the singing was rough, and the presentation was far from glossy. Much like the indie-rock boom that has been happening for the last decade, I feel they are finally drawing back to the roots of why rock n’ roll was born.

Wild Mountain Nation starts out with “Devil’s A-Go-Go” a heavily distorted jam session that would turn away any fan of the mainstream pop. I love the hard and gritty use off the guitars and the disorganized vocals that kick this album off. The Title track “Wild Mountain Nation” has a distorted alt-country feel with a more accessible sound that makes for a great introduction of or a new fan, but that is probably the only chance they will get. With every track that follows, the album digs deep into the experimentation of sound. My personal favorite is “Sci-Fi Kid.” I have listened to this track a countless number of times by now, due to it’s crazy style and remarkable structure. I love the way they give the guitar a different feel with every song, not pegging it down for the whole album but changing it to their own use.
This is an original sound, not easily classified or copied. Giving the listener an experience that is uncharted, rather than a safe journey through familiar territory. That is why I am buying this album on vinyl, and placing it next to some of the greats of rock n’ roll’s past.

-Ben Dishun