Granted, the circumstances are different for Roadhouse Sun. I'm sitting in my office over my lunch hour listening instead of on an open road. Mr. Bingham is no longer an obscure troubadour, either -- he's been anointed by Joe Ely, has appeared on Jay Leno. So times are different for both of us.
From the get-go, the album feels more polished, more rehearsed. I won't call it overproduced, but it just feels like Bingham is more conscious of his lyrics and his sound. That's probably to be expected, but even with that burden, he still has a solid sophomore effort. A few standout tracks:
- "Tell My Mother I Miss Her So" - jangly mandolin shuffle that could be a sequel to Mescalito's "Take Me To The Other Side."
- "Bluebird" - a strong backbeat that I swear sounds like it could be an outtake off a Springsteen disc.
- "Endless Ways" - an anthemic kiss-off that I predict I'll spin at peak volume on the way home from a rough day at work.
- "Change Is" - I cannot wait to hear Ryan and the 'Horses hammer this one out live.