Wild Mountain Nation
(2007, Lidkercow Ltd.)
Coming out of relative obscurity, Blitzen Trapper have created a schizophrenic tapestry of everything from blazing 70’s Americana to 90’s lo-fi indie. Wild Mountain Nation is Blitzen Trapper’s identity crisis, but somehow they seem comfortable with that fact. Spawning comparisons that span from CCR and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to Pavement and Sebadoah, to My Morning Jacket or Band of Horses, Blitzen Trapper have compiled there influences into their own unique voice. Even with it's ADHD tendencies, Wild Mountain Nation scores high with each track creating the most perfect mixtape of blistering lo-fi rock and Americana that you will find anywhere. The Portland band seems to know when to reel in their spastic nature, though, and say “enough” before anyone starts to get annoyed. Clocking in at just over a half hour in 13 songs, Wild Mountain Nation will excite without testing your patience. Overall it is a great mess of an album containing some of the best songs put to tape so far this year.