Alone at 3AM

Midwest Mess

by Steven Spoerl

1 July 2012

 

Midwest Mess is a gloriously ramshackle affair.

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Alone at 3AM

Midwest Mess

(Suburban Home)
US: 8 May 2012
UK: 8 May 2012

If Alone at 3AM don’t gain the following (and followers) of Drive-By Truckers and Lucero then something’s seriously wrong. All three bands share a lot of the exact same strengths; raw, honest, and literate storytelling, brilliant song structures, a built-in integrity where simplicity gets driven home by being as genuine and heartfelt as possible. The tone of Midwest Mess is an undeniably warm one, as the band tears through songs that recall stories of their past and exude their present sentimentality. Impressively, there’s not a single weak song to be found on Midwest Mess, which only picks up steam as it goes, hell-bent on delivering the bands Southern-fried gospel. When Midwest Mess comes to a close with the beautiful “I Know Someone in the City”, it’s clear that this band is on the right path and that they can already claim a small classic to their name.

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