As evidenced by Blitzen Trapper's exceptionally eclectic Wild Mountain Nation, the creative Portland, Oregon, crew can do just about anything but maintain a consistent sound and write a simple hook.
They must have had some discussions about the importance of stylistic focus after signing with Sub Pop, because they've definitely locked into a good-time country rock concept on Furr, which seems to be a wise move.
However, they've topped up every track with so many hooks and contemporary indie rock clichés that their new songs sometimes go right past catchy into corny. If they insist on recording contrived appeals to a specific audience, they'll need to work on disguising them better.
Blitzen Trapper join Iron & Wine at the Phoenix tonight (Thursday, November 13).