Published Sep 20, 2017The Wild West returns with Midland's On the Rocks, a 13-track album including all five tracks off of Midland, a self-titled EP the band released in 2016. From Dripping Springs, Texas, Midland unite 1970s and '80s western music with modern country.
Melodically reminiscent of Train's 2001 hit, "Drops of Jupiter," "Check Cashin' Country" joins pop rock, classic rock and alt-rock with modern country. "Lonely For You" is a '70s countrypolitan heartbreak tune with similar acoustics to the original pop country music song "Don't Keep Me Hangin' On" by Sonny James. Although in common time, "Lonely For You" feels like a romantic waltz or Spanish jota. The chorus to the record's first single, "Drinkin' Problem," references the title On the Rocks with a tongue-and-cheek lyric.
Taking inspiration from popular entertainment practices of the 1800s and country singers in the 1920s such as Jimmie Rodgers, Midland's lead vocalist, Mark Wystrach, affixes a yodel on their second single, "Make a Little." It all adds up to a charming and favourable album. (Big Machine)