Roadhouse Sun - Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Lofty comparisons, sure. But Bingham's not a "new" anything: He's his own man, and a singular talent at that.
  2. He connects the listener with emotions and ideas common to us all and, in doing so, reinforces the power and reinvigorates the promise of a genre once defined by the Cashs, Haggards and Jennings of the world.
  3. Bingham isn't an innovator, he's a reanimator, and on Roadhouse Sun the 28-year-old breathes new life into alt-country clichés through the power of his weathered croon and his stiff-jangle arrangements.
  4. Occasionally, there's the odd phrase that feels a little contrived, and Bingham's sandpaper-soaked-in-whiskey voice sometimes broadcasts a hard-scrabble life as unsubtly as a blinking neon sign outside a peep show. But at 28, he has the stamina to hang on well into his old age, when his voice will sound as fittingly elemental as a lightning storm in the Texas Panhandle.
  5. 74
    Whichever feeling he aims for--rousing or reflective--this Texan achieves striking authenticity. [Spring 2009, p.102]
  6. Roadhouse Sun sounds like he's still making his "Greetings from Asbury Park"--the kind of record whose clunkers are obvious enough to put a chink into the album's very real virtues.
  7. 70
    Even skeptics should find Bingham's second album, embellished with a bit more pop and politics, a convincing step beyond his promisingly earthy 2007 debut.
  8. The bulk of Roadhouse Sun, however, hews too closely to bland bar rock, as if they’re drinking Bud Lights instead of Shiner Bocks.

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