Careless Hearts — Alum Rock
Alum Rock starts off conventionally enough — jangly guitars and drums. But the first couplet is a little jarring:
We’re like potatoes in a basement
With tendrils growing in every direction
Uh…what? I thought this was a pop rock song?
It’s the little surprises that make Careless Hearts’ third album so enjoyable. What’s reliable is the quality of each song on the album; Careless Hearts knock it out of the park each time.
Careless Hearts revel in the 90’s-style alt rock and country, which means I revel in it too. A rising tide lifts all boats, people. What strikes me about Careless Hearts (or at least this album) is their love of rock’n’roll. “Lifeline” is a ballad dedicated to another inspiring singer-songwriter (one can only guess who.) But I’m in love with “Blown Away.” At first glance, it could easily be another song about boozin’ and cruisin’, but the Careless Hearts are too smart for that.