Album Review::Chuck Ragan – Feast or Famine

Former Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan’s album Feast Or Famine comes out today on SideOneDummy records. The album is a barrage of acoustic guitar and upbeat valiant folk music. Ragan plays everything on the record from harmonica to the lap steel. Feast or Famine was recorded with the help of some of Ragan’s close friends, including most notably skateboard legend Matt Hensley. James Fearnley of The Pogues also adds some help, which may explain why the anthemic California Burritos sounds very Poguesish, or maybe it is just the violin. On Do You Pray, the harmonica and violin adorn the classic folk stylings of this particular number. Don’t Cry is a much more straight forward pop song, still guided by the acoustic, but with some rare assistance from a rhythm section. Hearts of Stone is a powerful tune, that has a surprise chorus that really compliments the song, along with some harmonica which chimes widely. The Grove is one of the more melodic songs, and another one that includes a rhythm section, in addition to some nice harmonies. Fans of Hot Water Music will find Feast Or Famine to be an engaging effort with familiar Chuck Ragan intensity, only with new evidence that the singer has become a more mature songwriter.

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