This being the first album review for The Impacts’s new blog, there wasn’t any previous format for me to go off of. Being overwhelmed with the idea of all the possibilities or lack there of that came to my mind, I decided to just get the ball rolling. I loaded indie folk-country band Frontier Ruckus’s newest album Eternity of Dimming onto my iPod and took a nice little Sunday stroll, letting the inspiration come to me.
Approximately 30 seconds into my walk I realized that the copy that I have commandeered over the Internet only provided me with short samples of each song. My master plan for acquiring the inspiration to write what could have been the world’s best album review was folded and I was upset. After pulling myself together, I decided to actually not smash my iPod against the concrete and just listen to the album in my cramped room. Hunched over my computer I let the sounds of Frontier Ruckus bring the outdoors to me.
The first song of the album, Eyelashes, begins to play and it starts off as an American lullaby, soothing my ears telling me to relax and enjoy the album right before the song really picks up. I was now ready to listen to the Michigan native group’s third full-length album.
By calling this album “full-length”, it is safe to say that Eternity of Dimming is just a little more fuller and lengthier than the bands first two albums. Being a two disc set containing a total of 20 songs which each in themselves are full of an impressive amount of lyrical content with stories including things like gas station kids, jean shorts, earth worms, Nintendo 64, tattle tales, and specific food chains. Sometimes there is so much going on lyrically that it can be overwhelming but with a couple of listens you will find yourself formulating a better grasp and enjoying the songs even more. This is what makes Frontier Ruckus stand out in a positive light from other bands in the indie folk genre, which has been becoming more popular with the rise of bands such as Mumford & Sons.
The album sticks with the band’s same detailed American style of story telling, very specific to the lead singer, songwriter and Michigan State alum Matthew Millia’s vision. Millia’s vision and Frontier Ruckus’s sound is a crossover relationship between a rustic and rural feeling told through Millia‘s quaking voice and infectious tremble.
I always imagined the band’s first album, Lake Orion Songbook, to have a very rustic sometimes-haunting backwoods sound where Eternity of Dimming makes the move to being more of a small town in the neck of the woods type vibe. Even in the album itself the transition is noticeable as you listen from disc one to two. More so songs are a fusion of the two, like the catchy and flowing tune Dealerships.
Frontier Ruckus’s newest album has a little bit of something old and new that fans both old and new will be able to appreciate. With it’s timey sound, dense lyrical content, and back-porch feel along with its great length, listeners will find themselves enjoying and continuously coming back to Eternity of Dimming.
WARNING:This album will increase your longing for warm weather.
NOTEWORTHY: Black Holes, Granduncles of St. Lawrence County, I Buried You So Deep, Eternal Dimming, Dealerships, Open It Up.
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Written by Dylan Wolff