CD Review: Robbing Mary

El Otro Lado

(robbingmary.com)

Chugging, driving alt-country seamlessly pours from this Cleveland group on their full-length debut (they released an EP, Groveland, in 2009). Robbing Mary draw inspiration from their Cleveland roots in songs like "Halite," which spotlights the city's skyline ("It's pretty, even through the haze," sings frontman Dan Mills), while organ melds with classic guitar solos in "Where I Am." And you can hear influences ranging from Uncle Tupelo to the Drive-By Truckers in the rumbling "Tell Me." Touches of twang, along with vintage guitars and heavenly male-female harmonies, fuel the dusty El Otro Lado. It's roots rock with bar-band-style hooks. — Danielle Sills

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