Old Crow Medicine Show
A full 20 years after Old Crow Medicine Show was born, the band finally feels fully realized, said Tom Erlewine in AllMusic.com. On the Nashville-based sextet’s first album of original music for a major label, Ketch Secor and the boys “broaden their sonic palette without abandoning their devotion to old-timey string music,” and their songs feel “finely etched” and the performances vivid. Best known for the instantly eternal “Wagon Wheel,” the band “has always been a high-energy live act” that until now has sounded less spirited in the studio, said Chris Conaton in PopMatters.com. Working here with Dave Cobb, Nashville’s hottest producer, Old Crow “mostly goes loud and fast,” opening with fiery bluegrass fiddle on “Flicker and Shine.” Even in such company, though, the slower tracks leave a lasting impression. “Whirlwind,” about a couple in love, closes the album with pedal steel guitar, a wistful, easygoing air, and an “oh-so-sweet” vocal performance from Secor.