Despair, cheap whiskey, and stale cigarette smoke are the first things that come to mind when I listen to Hope And The Heart It Breaks. It reminds me of walking in to the wrong bar at just the right time. You all know what I am talking about, you’ve been there. Some nights you need a place that’s off the beaten path, a little run down, and where no one knows or cares who you are. As far as I am concerned Truckstop Darlin’s sophmore effort fills that void perfectly.
With Hope And The Heart It Breaks they manage to avoid the sophomore curse and put out a truly great follow up to their self titled first effort. One way it could have gone wrong, in my less than humble opinion, is if they tried to “polish” their sound like so many bands are wont to do. They left the sound alone and just wrote another bunch of great songs. I have been listening to this on repeat for the last week at work, for research purposes of course, and aside from having a strong desire to find the wrong bar on the way home I only really have one complaint…that they haven’t played anywhere that I could manage to go see them.
I ain’t been writing much lately as I have been inundated with work, whiskey, and apathy but when AIV pointed out that we hadn’t addressed this album I knew I had to take care of it. Hell this is Essential Listening that has been overlooked and that will not stand! At this point it’s in the running for my top album of 2012. So check this out, if you haven’t already, and make sure to pick up a copy of their self titled release as well. Not that any of you need more music that makes you want to drink more, but then again can you really ever have too much of that>?