Haymaker! - The Gourds
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  • Summary: The Austin, Texas band releases its ninth album.
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  1. The Gourds' ballads have always been witty and danceable, but on Haymaker! the lyrics have more emotional range than ever before.
  2. 80
    Exultant opener 'Country Love' and Cajun rumbler 'Shreveport,' like most of Haymaker!, just sparkle. [Feb 2009, p.82]
  3. 80
    Here they sound commanding and convincing as they do on-stage. [Mar 2009, p.111]
  4. The local quintet's 10th studio offering is polished and direct but still distinctly and eclectically Gourdian.
  5. Haymaker! is a typically witty, rambunctious album that shuffles up the band members like a deck of cards.
  6. On its ninth studio album, the group tells tales of true love and trucking--subjects all country artists are entitled to explore--but it also takes plenty of off-road detours.
  7. The band's ninth album continues the Austin-based ensemble's penchant for offbeat Southern minutia and melodious, after-hours juke joint revelry, but despite boasting production values that rival anything before it, Haymaker! feels less like the blow to the face that its title implies and more like a last quick rummage through the basement before the garage sale starts.

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