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Some Depression

Son Volt soldier on while the alt-country bible they helped inspire, and whose first cover they graced, is lamentably laid to rest

by Jewly Hight

Jay Farrar doesn’t really sweat fickle musical tastes. He shrugs them off during “6 String Belief” on Okemah and the Melody of Riot with a dense, roots-rock guitar crunch, his potent-as-undiluted-vinegar singing and the simple pronouncement “Palates will ebb and masses will flow.” (Those lyrics are less cryptic than usual for Son Volt’s singer, songwriter and guitarist, but—for the record—he did clear up the poetic haze a bit on 2005’s Okemah and 2007’s The Search.)

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