The Temperance Movement – A Deeper Cut 

Monday 24th, September 2018 / 20:51
By Trevor Morelli 

Earache  

Without any breakthrough singles or “must hear” songs, The Temperance Movement’s third album, A Deeper Cut, does an admirable job of holding your attention. From “Caught in the Middle” to “Beast Nation,” bluesy rhythms and sharp, striking guitar riffs drive the album through 12 tracks of fairly generic and safe rock ‘n’ roll. That’s not to say it’s a bad record. Influences like Led Zeppelin and The Black Crowes are obvious throughout, although slower jams like “Another Spiral” and “The Wonders We’ve Seen” are highlights on their own. A Deeper Cut does have a few glaring missteps. Dorky lyrics like, “Baby I would give you all the tea in China/Cause you’re the sweetest little honey bee that I’ve ever seen,” from the track “Backwater Zoo,” stand out as nothing short of cringe-inducing. The record doesn’t quite live up to the edginess or power of their last disc, White Bear, but it’s a pleasant listen nonetheless. Bands like The White Stripes and The Black Keys have already extensively covered the blues-rock revival, so it’s only fair to deduct a few originality points as well. With that in mind, A Deeper Cut stills comes out ahead by a slim margin. 

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