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The first full-length from Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers, Songs in the Night (Ramseur), is a poppy interpretation of folk and country-rock which manages to only skirt both genres without ever straying far from an earthy rootsy sensibility. Guitars chime and twang in equal measure, though edges never feel rough on album highlights “Bananafish Revolution,” the kicking “Bullfight (Change Your Mind),” and the catchy title tune. But, while the low-key production doesn’t feel out of place, the band never pushes at the boundaries of what they’re essaying here. Ultimately this makes for a pleasant and safe listen, but the sense that an unleashed monster lurks leaves a hunger unsatisfied.

  • Posted on April 10