Dead Reckoning - The Builders and the Butchers
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  1. Mar 24, 2011
    90
    Dead Reckoning deserves to be heard by anyone with an interest in the ongoing evolution of rock music, or the darker side of the folk songbook, or just great songs played with power and conviction.
  2. Mar 3, 2011
    83
    It helps that the production, rather than being hushed or atmospheric, is viciously sharp, full of punch-drunk drums and the stinging twang of strings.
  3. Mar 2, 2011
    80
    The album can simply be described as a great band supporting quality lyrics, served up as organically as possible.
  4. 80
    The contrasts of light/dark, father/son and sinners/saints never sounded so danceable. [Mar 2011, p.92]
  5. Mar 2, 2011
    68
    Yes, the hellfires still burn, and the hearts are still black, and the end is ever nigh. But this time the songs are infused with a contemporary heartache that sounds far closer to 2011 than to the 1931 Depression-era vibe the band typically evokes.
  6. Mar 14, 2011
    65
    Sometimes the fervor gets to be too much for them: the grating but mercifully brief "Blood for You" is little more than the junkyard clang of the rhythm section and Sollee's stuck-pig shout, and the verses "Cradle on Fire" seem to get away from Sollee, who loses the melody somewhere in the back of his throat. But there's few moments when they don't seem to be throwing everything they've got into these performances, and that furious intensity drives them past both rough patches and easy comparisons.
  7. Apr 11, 2011
    50
    Instead, the religiosity that infuses the music recalls the forced eagerness of modern day evangelicals and the predictable plainness of suburban mega-churches. Only dedicated fans need ascend.

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