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  • Summary: The Matthew Houck-led band returns with its first album of new material since 2007's Pride.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
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  1. If you dig songs with twang, Here's to Taking It Easy is as tuneful and affecting a set of them as you're likely to come across.
  2. Here's to Taking It Easy is a great record, but I feel like Houck's best is still in him-- the one where the deep roots of tradition will finally be inextricably fused with his own weird, shambling soul.
  3. It's a rootsy album that is delivered faithfully and respectfully, but one where the strong, clear voice of its author cuts through powerfully.
  4. Try it out, it's definitely worth it, just not anything you'll be rushing to your guitar to emulate. Or maybe it is, if you're in to taking it easy.
  5. Here's to Taking It Easy is a fine debut of sorts for Phosphorescent as a band. To Willie was the preamble to this, the band's new direction. And good as Houck was as a singer-songwriter, "band leader" is a role that suits him just as well.
  6. While this is the most accessible Phosphorescent album, Houck's flair for musical surrealism is still very much on hand.
  7. Forsaking subtly Southern melancholy in favor of jangling, twanging hillbilly heartbreak, Here's to Taking It Easy misplaces amplified country fever instead of channeling it.

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  1. Mar 16, 2012
    A lovely album. I guess it could be classed as Americana or Alternative Country. Although I'm not a fan of either of those genres, I do really like this record. The lyrics are great, the tunes are excellent and it has a very consistent feel to it throughout. The records creates an atmosphere that really takes you away and I could see myself listening to this while sitting on a back porch of a house somewhere in the American Deep South overlooking a swamp. That's probably not what Matthew Houck was going for with this record but that what it for me and I like it. It's hard to pick a stand out track as it's all pretty good stuff. The Mermaid Parade is probably my favourite track on this, closely followed by Los Angeles. Collapse