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Midland | Let It Roll

The Texas trio double down on the old-school twang with their sophomore album.

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WHO ARE THEY? A trio of Texans who traffic in old-school country-rock — and look the part with their anachronistic western leisure suits, big hats and funky facial hair.

WHAT IS THIS? True to its title, Let It Roll picks up where their 2017 debut On the Rocks left off, with songs about lovin’, cheatin’, fussin’, fightin’, hurtin’, leavin’, drinkin’, truckin’ and honky-tonkin’ — set to their winning amalgam of smooth ’80s country twang, ’70s FM rock and timeless pop.

WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? Your daddy’s country albums — assuming daddy was into Dwight Yoakam, George Strait, Bocephus, Eagles and the like.

WHAT WOULD BE A BETTER TITLE FOR THIS ALBUM? Drinkin’ Doubles and Sleepin’ Single.

HOW SHOULD I LISTEN TO IT? While drinking cheap draft beer, shelling peanuts onto the floor and practising your line dances.

WHAT 10 WORDS DESCRIBE IT? Twangy, jangly, warm, loose, earthy, charismatic, colourful, rustic, retro, party-hearty.

WHAT ARE THE BEST SONGS? There are a slew of keepers on this 14-song set, but the shuffling single Mr. Lonely, the lazy honky-tonker Every Song’s A Drinkin’ Song and the crunchy country-rocker 21st Century Honky Tonk American Band are strong standouts. And the California pop of Lost in the Night is the best kind of cheese.

WHAT WILL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAY? ‘Finally, a band that remembers what country music is meant to sound like!’

HOW OFTEN WILL I LISTEN TO THIS? Anytime you need an antidote to whatever swill it is that passes for country music these days.

IF THIS ALBUM WERE BREAKFAST, WHAT KIND OF BREAKFAST WOULD IT BE? Biscuits and gravy. With a Bloody Mary on the side.

SHOULD I BUY, STREAM OR STEAL IT? Buy a round for the boys.