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What the Toll Tells

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On their second full-length, Two Gallants weave urgent back-alley storytelling with no-frills instrumentation that alternately boils with visceral fervor and mourns with plaintive restraint. The youthful duo play a strain of rock that falls somewhere between folk, punk, and old-time blues and the resulting sound is much more than the sum of its parts. Two Gallants draw on Old West images and themes of revenge, redemption, and shifty morality to create wide-swinging moods trafficking in brash ferocity, repentant regret, and freewheelin' Americana. The double LP version includes two bonus tracks from the band's early recordings.
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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • ASIN: B000E115H2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,749 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Where to start? Gritty and rough for sure. Sounds like it could be the soundtrack for a Steinbeck novel the story telling in the songs is that vivid. I too was a little suprised at the use of the "N" word but who uses it and how it is used is much much more important (not that this is the difinitive forum for such a topic).

More than anything the tight/sloppy playing speaks to me and pretty much defines the vast majority of the music I listen to (Eno, Big Star, Mats, etc). If you took Mark Arm from Mudhoney and put him in front of No Depression Uncle Tupelo then you would have Two Gallants.

As for the 4 star rating lets be realistic everyone thinks the cd's they buy are five stars or they wouldn't buy them and 5 stars is overused on amazon anyway. This is a fine effort and certainly worth owning but it falls into the "nice to have" vs "essential" category.
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Whether or not you're a card-carrying member of the Saddle Creek fan club, you have to concede their knack for putting out records that stand apart from every Tuesday's heap of jewel cased, 12-song, compact discs. The latest grassroots indie exhibitionists to join the glorified Saddle ranks are Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel of Two Gallants, wielding only their guitars, their drums, a harmonica, and well... their throats.

With the basic elements intact, the Gallants perambulate a spectrum of punk-country that could only spawn from the mating of a harmonica and Stephens' harsh rasping (you can practically hear the poor guy's throat tearing up). Sometimes gushing with sweet and other times burning sour, Two Gallants attempt the Decemberean task of telling old-time tales but with a half cup less romance and a quart more grit. In the place of The Decemberists' quixotic swashbucklers we find the type of desperate, weathered figures who report from a run-down prison, resent their lazy white slave-master, or make statements like "You might have seen me 'neath the pool hall lights/Well baby I go back each night/If you got a throat I got a knife/Steady rollin', I keep goin'."

When band becomes bard we know to expect long-winded and often lengthy tracks. This is no exception, with three songs spanning the 9 minute mark, and those in between at least edging 5. However, there are only nine songs in sum, keeping the record just under one hour. "Las Cruces Jail" welcomes you into this jagged little world where you can virtually envision the tumbleweeds rollin' by and feel the rattlesnakes slithering past your ankles. Offering a sampler of both sugar and spice, track one offers a good approximation of where this record attempts to take you.
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Without sounding too cliche, or too much like a band trying too hard Two Gallants have created an album and sound quite their own. This album I can not stop listening too. The lyrics are intense, the vocals unreal, and the music so well done it seems as if they are musical geniuses. Do yourself a favor and buy this album now. This has to be one of the most original and intense albums I have ever heard. And I am a huge music snob. I'll say it again - buy this album...
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If you have the first Two Gallants cd, this is an obvious buy. If not, you can pick up The Throes or this and not go wrong either way. Great mix of folk and indie rock. If you still like MTV then this music is probably out of your league, but for people that have developed their music taste and are looking for something new, pick this up, you won't regret it.
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Wow dude. What an awesome release. I don't even know where to begin. My buddy Ryan was all like,"dude, check out this band they're called Two Gallants." And I'm all thinking he said Two Gallons so of course I'm all stupid going all over the internet not findin peanuts. But anyway yeah this is great. They've obviously got quite a variety of influences so they please a pretty diverse crowd. A personal favorite of mine is Waves of Grain. That song gets me so chill. Yeah, so pick it up. Great CD.
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Wow. I walked into the record shop and this music was playing. It set a mournful, tragic, dramatic mood over everybody inside and i was caught too inescapably to do anything but buy the CD. I am glad i'm not feeling too suicidal while listening to them, because the Two Gallants might make me feel like i had good company while falling over the edge.

I like the rollicking loud music, which reminds me of the Rubberneckers and even somewhat of old Clash; but it's the quieter, mournful stuff that really gets me. "Threnody" (word for an elegy or mournful death lamentation) is powerful, but so are several other parts, such as the lonesome whistling that sets the initial tone. If you want to be carried away in a tide of somehow inexpressible but well-communicated emotion, check this out.
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A solid album - a band to watch! Check out both this and their first release, you won't be disappointed.
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Simply one of the most poignant and gripping albums in years. If you have not heard of these guys, buy this CD ASAP. Saw them live twice this year (they travel incessantly), and they were amazing. Now own all of their music and they are brilliant.
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