Year of the Album — #081
Mandolin Orange – “Haste Make / Hard Hearted Stranger” (2011, Mandolin Orange LLC)
The music is impressive in its scope, though perhaps it should have been a single album with a united musical vision. Haste Make / Hard Hearted Stranger is definitely another step forward from a band Rosanne Cash called an unmitigated pleasure.
Mandolin Orange’s double EP experiment, Haste Make / Hard Hearted Stranger, is an album which truly does showcase the depth of the band’s bluegrass sound, which crosses genres ably. Stretching the experience over two EPs which feature nearly twenty songs, however, is a bit much. I wish we could accuse more bands of being “overly ambitious,” however, in the current musical climate. Read the rest of the review at PopMatters.