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Reckless Kelly

The Day – 2000 (Reckless/Valley)

Reviewed by Brian Steinberg

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The latest album from rocking country stalwarts Reckless Kelly is supposed to be a chronicle of "a man's dream about love and loss." That may be so, although such treacly sentiment may get lost in the band's truck-flying-down-the-highway sound. The brothers Braun and their band from Austin come on like gangbusters in "Floodwater," the opening track, and enter Bob Seger territory (that's a compliment) with "Come On Over."

Still, we've heard this stuff before, on countless albums from roots combos ranging from The Gregg Allman Band to Go To Blazes. There's nothing wrong with that, and "The Day" is a pleasant enough stew of guitar, harmonica and driving bass and drum laced with some nice touches (Check out "Arizona Skies" for a few examples.) And yet, there's nothing revolutionary here, which prevents the band from achieving greater heights.