A good time to put on Eric Bachmann’s eponymous new album might be in the penultimate hours of a long road trip, the inward-looking sundowner hours where the fatigue syrups upon you. It’s heartfelt, somewhat sleepy classic rock, intimate and yearning with a sense of plaintive protest. The slowly swaying slide guitar on opener “Belong to You” makes for a lovely beginning, while the trickling piano lines on “Masters of the Deal” pass prettily and smilingly like speckling water bodies seen from your car. Some songs, such as “Separation Fright,” have a few refrains too many, but for the most part, it’s a pleasant and softly poignant set.


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