You Ruined Everything

Two Dollar Pistols bust through the bat wings on North Carolina indie Yep Roc with a twang-fueled retro sound that they pull off with confidence and aplomb.

Two Dollar Pistols bust through the bat wings on North Carolina indie Yep Roc with a twang-fueled retro sound that they pull off with confidence and aplomb. The title cut, "There Goes a Heartache," and "Where Was Love (When You Needed Me)" are crackling, Bakersfield-styled shuffles; "I Will" is powered by chicken-pickin' and a slurry vocal from John Howie Jr.; and "I Can See It in Your Eyes" is a closing-time ballad. The Pistols can get downright melodic when they want to, as they do on the expansive "Gettin' Gone" and the softly swaying "You've Grown Tired of Me." Later, "In My Mind" is sparse and effective, and reverb-drenched ballads like "All the Good's Gone" and "The Other Side" go down like a shot of whiskey. Unpretentious and rough around the edges, these boys know what they're about. Racked by Redeye.—RW
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