Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery have found soul searching depth with their stellar sophomore record, Man Is Born For Trouble. While barely a little more than a year after the release of Traveler, the Anderson, IN folk rock group has matured into a full-fledged edgy, indie rock group that balances the grassroots acoustic guitars of their Midwestern home, Powell’s tender, yet smoldering vocals and the bluegrass twang of the mandolin and banjo.
While the album is extremely artistic, every note, vocal intonation, word and track placement is purposeful. Nothing is out of place. Even the slight hum of the recording equipment at the beginning of each track makes Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery true to their self-diagnosed description of “rust-colored folk rock.” If anything Man Is Born For Trouble embraces this mantra even more than their previous record, Traveler, and debut EP, We All Say Hello.
Looking for a new band that has all the potential none of the pretentiousness? Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery should be at the top of the list. Go out and buy both Traveler and Man Is Born For Trouble. Worth every second.
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