A few tracks stick out a hair above the others...album opener Easy has a simple but fantastic open, Straight Into The Storm is a strong Chuck Berry-styled number, and best song Smith Hill delivers the album's peak emotions with an excellent, anthemic chorus...but in the end, consistency and accessibility, not over-the-top quality, are the chief draws here.
Take a listen to any track, and you'll immediately grasp what you are getting. If you like one track on Born On Flag Day, trust me, you'll probably like 'em all.
Status: Mild Recommend.
Cherry Picker's Best Bets: Easy, Smith Hill, Song About A Man, Straight Into The Storm.
Here's a live on-air performance of Easy for radio station KEXP.
1. Easy - 8
2. Little White Lies -7
3. Smith Hill - 9
4. Song About A Man - 7
5. Houston, TX - 7
6. Straight Into A Storm - 8
7. Friday XIII - 7
8. The Ghost - 7
9. Hell On Earth - 7
10. Stung - 7
11. Goodnight Irene - 7 (uncredited bonus track)
Intangibles - Average to High
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