Bruce Springsteen has influenced a whole mess of artists with his working man’s take on rock ‘n roll. Take The Gaslight Anthem or The Hold Steady for example. And Red Collar who dropped a great second album with “Welcome Home”.
Think of everything you liked about The Gaslight Anthem before they got too slick and clean… it’s all here in these ten songs. I love how they have the hooks and melodies down pat and deliver them with plenty of passion while sounding just sloppy enough to make it even more charming. Opener “Orphanage” and “The Old Piano Roll” are the kind of songs you want to be blasting in your car with the windows rolled down and even when they slow things down on “This House” or “Losing My Accent”, they simply nail it. Welcome home indeed!