Album Review: The Infamous Stringdusters – Things That Fly

Juli Thanki | May 24th, 2010

infamous-stringdustersThird time’s the charm for The Infamous Stringdusters: their newest release is the band’s strongest, most enjoyable album to date–and that’s no small feat, considering how good their previous two records are.

Andy Hall’s Dobro anchors the band, whether they’re covering traditional bluegrass fare like Jody Stecher’s “17 Cents” (featuring Dierks Bentley), pushing the boundaries a little bit further with a superb, rootsy cover of U2’s “In God’s Country,” or integrating lap steel and organ into their sound. A pair of instrumentals–the delicate, intricate “Magic #9″ and album closer “The Deputy”–showcase the sestet’s top-notch picking.

Things That Fly finds the ‘Dusters at the top of their game. If you’re not lucky enough to catch one of their captivating live shows, just turn this album up to eleven

4 Stars

  1. Jon
    May 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Is that all you can think of to say, or is that all the room they gave you?! Please tell me that didn’t take a month to write ;-).

  2. Rick
    May 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Jon, Juli recognizes that almost none of the regular visitors to The 9513 really give a rat’s ass about bluegrass music, or new-grass in this case. The overlap with the typical reader of The Bluegrass Blog is minimal between the two, so why waste a lot of time on an album review that few here will bother to read and even fewer will comment on?

    These guys are okay when I hear them on the Opry, but I find Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys and Del McCoury far more entertaining.

    I wish this was a CD give away contest thread as I don’t think there would be many entries!

  3. Leeann Ward
    May 24, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I’m waiting for my emusic refresh date to get this. It sounds great.

  4. Jim Malec
    May 25, 2010 at 7:40 am

    This is a 150 word album review… pretty much the standard length for print publications. While our internal target has been 600 words, we’re now allowing shorter reviews of some albums that might not have otherwise received coverage.

    * Disclaimer: The 9513 is not a print publication.

  5. Jon
    May 25, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Whoa, I had no idea that was the online counterpart of a print publication. On which newsstands can I buy a copy?

  6. Stormy
    May 25, 2010 at 8:59 am

    I didn’t realize there was a universal minimum length for on line album reviews.

  7. Jim Malec
    May 25, 2010 at 9:02 am

    There you go, Jon–I edited my comment for you.

  8. Jon
    May 25, 2010 at 9:23 am

    So, if it’s not a print publication, then of what relevance is a purported standard length for print publications? And why would length be a factor in making the decision as to whether or not to review? Are you guys running out of server space or something? Or are you paying by the word?


    Non-plussed In Nashville

  9. Jim Malec
    May 25, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Nothing in these comments is relevant. Your comments, and our responses to them, are a complete waste of time. They seldom have anything to do with the artist, song, album or story in question.

    However, you noted the length of Juli’s review (in a decidedly rude fashion I might add), and I was merely pointing out to readers (and to you) the fact that Juli’s review is no shorter than a majority of similar reviews published in publications with similar readerships. The fact that we generally publish longer reviews doesn’t mean that we might not, at times, publish shorter reviews. I know you know this, and I know that the majority of your comments here are posted purely for your own entertainment and delight, so you should assume that my comments are for the benefit of other readers.

  10. sam (sam)
    May 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I disagree wholeheartedly with Jim Malec’s first paragraph. Whether or not Jon’s comments are “posted purely for [his] own entertainment and delight,” Jon’s comments tend to be among the most informed and thoughtful comments I see on this blog.

  11. Bing Bong
    May 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I’m confused. What does, “but I find Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys and Del McCoury far more entertaining” have to do with anything? Comparing bands is a crutch.

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