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Blitzen Trapper

Black River Killer EP

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On 2008's Furr, Blitzen Trapper focused its wild eclecticism, settling on a stylized take on '70s country rock. "Black River Killer" is the perfect example, with finger-picked guitar and murder-ballad lyrics (make that multiple-murder). Here, it's paired with six tunes that already graced a tour CD, recorded during the Furr sessions.

"Shoulder Full of You" is a standout—a minimal beauty with singer Eric Earley (double-tracked, of course) providing some trademark nature-surrealism in the chorus: "Deer tracks on an unmade bed."

The other songs vary, some likely not making the full-length cut due to being eclipsed by stronger, similar-sounding material. Still, fans of Furr will find plenty to like with Black River Killer EP. (www.blitzentrapper.net)

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