Too much of Americana has either gotten too complicated, all vintage instruments, or too stripped down. Houndmouth did alter their alt-country with a fuzzed crunch on their last release, 2018’s Golden Age (QRO review), but return to the relaxed rock sound you remember from many decades with Good For You.
There is an acceptance through Good, as Houndmouth know who they are, where they are, and what they want to do. That’s true for the sad tracks, such as the goodbye sway of “Goodbye” or the look back at home penultimate “Ohio”, but also for the upbeat numbers like the big, celebratory closer “Las Vegas” (if a little weird that the two regional pieces are back-to-back on the track list). While sometimes they sound a little too much like what you’ve heard before, there are better sweet moments like “Jackson”.
There’s much to be said for big Americana success, or the way-back-throwback of backwoods, but it’s very comforting to hear the American rock you knew on the radio, done today. Houndmouth, Good For You.