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Album review: 'Wasting Time' 

The Tragedy Brothers

"Wasting Time"

Self-released

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The Tragedy Brothers open up its second album, "Wasting Time," with a casual lope that's more on the roll side of the rock 'n' roll idiom. The rock isn't necessarily neglected, but it's used sort of as an afterburner to add push and punch when required.

Overall, "Wasting Time" is a mid-tempo affair with mellow beauty and songs that overtake their execution by a more than capable band. It's rootsy as hell without being the least bit antiquated — mandolin and jaw harp help do that. The group's gang vocal enthusiasm makes way for its proportionately gentle harmonies and lyrical soul. Instrumentally, the band offers appropriate support, with most of the room left for the vocals. You'll dig the guitar on "Sin Valley" and on "Rich Life" as it leads the band in a danceable direction with its trills and fills.

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