Still, Farmhouse works primarily because Maloney's voice is as moving as all the sunsets he keeps singing about. Though he's frequently compared to James Taylor, Maloney also borrows a page from ace storyteller Jim Croce on sparse, acoustic yarns like "Time." Backed by fiddle, mandolin, and banjo, Maloney's rural folk feels like driving through the countryside with the windows down. It's an album so woodsy and rustic, you can damn near hear the crickets chirping.
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