If you know anything about me you know that I'm obsessed with the Massachusetts acoustic-pop-rock phenomenon that is Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. For two years since I discovered them at an otherwise boring Carbon Leaf show, I've had to listen to the same album over and over again, waiting for new and fresh material. Then they released an EP/DVD set last Spring, but that still wasn't enough.
Finally, the drought is over.
Glassjaw Boxer is by far the most complete, tight and cohesive release from Kellogg and the boys, and a step in the right direction from their spectacular self-titled sophomore album. They keep their signature country-rock flavor that I've grown to love but take a step forward with edgier and emotional vocals. The album tells the (autobiographical?) story of a small-town band struggling to make it big in a corrupt business.
The quartet has finally hit their stride and hopefully will gain the recognition they deserve with this solid third album. If you haven't heard of these guys before, this is definitely a good album to start with, but be sure to pick up Bulletproof Heart and their self-titled second release.