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Andy Logan, Last Dance on the Wild Frontier (Koan)
Former Little America guitarist Andy Logan's first solo release, Last Dance on the Wild Frontier is an impressive effort. Rootsy, impassioned and atmospheric Americana in equal measure, it's the very antithesis of most music emerging from Nashville at the moment. Logan's whisky-soaked voice is just as captivating as his compositions, with the musically bouncy -- yet lyrically biting -- "Money 1, Soul 0" particularly effective along with "Puttin' It On", a gritty, dirty opening track which recalls Steve Earle. The brilliant "These Old Friends" is a sparse, stripped-down acoustic tune and "I See Change" is a traditional-style country lament. Elsewhere, the album twists and turns between instrumentals, acoustic ballads, and pop-flavoured songs. The mini-song "Congratulations" blends effortlessly with the more familiar pop melodies and arrangements of the superb "Let It Roll (Let It Ride)" and the cowboy-themed "Shadow on My Trail". It all works wonderfully well, even more so when you consider it is a completely independent effort made on Logan's own terms. Last Dance on the Wild Frontier is a thoroughly enjoyable listen from start to finish.