Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck’s “Eden” is a collision of hope and destruction in songs that steer clear of pretension and hippie muck. While Thayer’s banjo anchors the tunes, only “Blackstone Valley” smacks of an old-timey sound. The rest of the songs veer off in different directions, from the propulsive roots rock of “The Beauty of All Things” to the brooding heaviness of “Trials.” Thayer, a Bostonian now based in Vermont, surveys humanity’s self-inflicted wounds, particularly environmental blight and war. He draws some crisp images of the maniacal survivors and heartbroken poets roaming a bombed-out paradise. While he gets a little heavy-handed with his fish and bird narrators in “The Tide, ” Thayer mostly nudges and suggests, and even flashes sardonic humor on “Bad Day at the Zoo.” The four-part, 13-minute “Parallel Lives” is the album’s centerpiece and exposition on Thayer’s particular fusion of the progressive and rustic. (Out Tuesday) SCOTT McLENNAN
Album review | rock
Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck, ‘Eden’
By Scott McLennan| Globe Correspondent March 05, 2013
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