Year of the Album — #069
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers – “Gift Horse” (2011, Vanguard)
Featuring some of Kellogg’s strongest melodies and most introspective lyrics yet, this album stands as the best album yet from an artist who seems not to know the meaning of second best.
I’ve been a big fan of the Sixers, and Stephen Kellogg, for far longer than I have for most other indie groups, and I’m pleased to see the Boston band continue to step up to the plate and hit musical grand slams every time out. Gift Horse is their best album since Glassjaw Boxer and should be a competitor for album of the year when all’s said and done. And with the band getting a shot at a $3.99 Amazon promotion earlier this week, it wouldn’t be surprising if it provides them their best Billboard debut when everything’s tallied up. Here’s hoping their “best kept secret” status is a thing of the past. You can read the full review at PopMatters.