- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)48
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)43
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Statement: Man says copsí good work drove him to grow his own marijuana (05/01/16)1
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- River Ridge Winery changes hands (05/02/16)
Variety of styles, sounds makes album a hit
The 11 songs on Troy Campbell's second solo album, "American Breakdown," are as well-suited for a coffeehouse as for a honky-tonk. The sparse arrangements and dark lyrics are subtly compelling, and Campbell's knack for writing memorable melodies makes the material that much stronger.
A former frontman for the Austin, Texas-based rock group Loose Diamonds, Campbell serves up much of "American Breakdown" unplugged.
Credit must also go to producer Gurf Morlix, whose expressive but understated guitar work reinforces the reflective mood Campbell creates on this impressive set.