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Album review | rock

Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck, ‘Eden’

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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)

Essential “Parallel Lives”

Bow Thayer plays the Sinclair on March 15.

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