Wyoming CD (2013)
Lost Prince Mississippi duo Water Liars toured endlessly between the release of their February 2012 debut Phantom Limb and Wyoming, the stellar sophomore album out just a little over a year after their first. While Wyoming isn't by any means a collection of road-weary sagas à la Bob Seger's "Turn the Page," it does capture the sound of a band that's grown a lot through the old-fashioned process of taking it to the stage. The stripped-down arrangement of a drum and guitar two-piece has been approached multiple times with varying degrees of success, and singer/guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster's weathered songs find tasteful accompaniment in drummer/vocalist Andrew Bryant, who adds bright harmonies and rhythms that are either searing or subdued, depending on the song. While rooted in an alt-country songwriting vein, the vibe on Wyoming comes from ...