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Blitzen Trapper’s new album Wild & Reckless is a passable collection of weathered folk- and country-rock jams. That’s the Blitzen Trapper way. It was true of their last album, 2015’s All Across This Land. And it was true of the one before that, 2013’s VII. You can say the same thing about almost all of this capable Portland band’s full-lengths, going way back to its spectacular peak, 2007’s Wild Mountain Nation and 2008’s Furr.
In fact, songwriter Eric Earley and his mates are so consistent in sound, it’s hard to believe they once a spastic bunch of genre-hoppers and noise-makers. The earliest Blitzen Trapper releases, in the early 2000s, were restless and experimental, with fuzz-rock and tape warp and weird blues and lo-fi twang all coexisting in harmony. Back then, the band sounded like Wowee Zowee-era Pavement, if Pavement had gravitated more toward Neil Young than The Fall.