O'Malley's band spreads its old-time country evenly between moods and tempos, wielding an accordion, fiddle, and mandolin. The fast-picking stomp "One Drink at a Time" recounts an evening of pot, madness, and vigorous sex, and "Sweet Baby" showcases the difference between whining and songwriting: "I saw your deception in the mirror's reflection/It was you that caused my infection . . . I'm feeling queasy/My head is sore/You were my baby/Not anymore." With heartbreak like this, the girl who wanted to be a country hero might get her wish.
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