The Black Dirt Sessions, Deer Tick's third full studio album, combines the easy balladry and boozy rock tunes of the band’s prior two releases, but does away with the old-timey blues and country influences. The new sound of the group, which includes new member Ian O'Neil of Titus Andronicus on guitar, is contemporary and sincere. McCauley sounds liberated, calling up ‘70s hooks and harmonies that feel classic without being overtly retro. For The Black Dirt Sessions, the sepia tones are faded and less distracting. Songs written to sound like old pub standards helped to gain the group attention, but these heartfelt tunes gleam with McCauley's individuality.
The Black Dirt Sessions. Indie Rock Deer Tick. Album Name The Black Dirt Sessions. Released date 08 June 2010. Labels Partisan Records. Music StyleIndie Rock. Members owning this album0. The Black Dirt Sessions Tracklist. 1. Choir of Angels Lyrics. The Black Dirt Sessions Q&A. Writers John McCauley. More Deer Tick albums. Deer Tick Vol. 2. Show all albums by Deer Tick.
The Black Dirt Sessions features material recorded at the same time as its predecessor, but feels somehow more complete – not least because the grit implied on Born on Flag Day finds form here. Hearts are broken not by gentle separation but painful, sudden force, and by dropping the slightly barroom blues feel of past releases Deer Tick have crept closer to a sound that combines universal appeal with the dusty melancholy of their Americana influences. It’s not the album that will define Deer Tick as a force in their own right, or McCauley as a songwriter on a par with his heroes, but The Black.
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Ragged roots-rock collective Deer Tick wrangled an eclectic indie following with pub-ready musings on life, love and loss on 2007 debut "War Elephant. The group's third studio album, "The Black Dirt Sessions," occupies the fragile space between down-in-the-mouth folk-rock and grungy alt-country. The uptempo track "Twenty Miles" finger-picks through a witty take-me-back narrative, wringing out Americana with lyrics like, "I've spent every dime that jingles in my jeans.