Trampled by Turtles (TBT) are best known for their insanely fast bluegrass style and incredibly energetic live shows, and their last album Palomino exemplifies this style. For their newest release, the band said that they wanted to create an album that could “breathe,” so TBT headed in a slightly different musical direction. While some of the songs still have the blazing banjos and mandolins they’re known for (“Walt Whitman” and “Risk” for example), most of the album has a much stronger focus on emotion and songwriting. “Alone” is one of the best examples on the album, with very simple but deep lyrics. The first few lines of the song (“Come into the world, alone/Go out of the world, alone/But in between, it’s you and me”) are simple and cut straight to the point. It’s sad, emotional and kind of adorable all at once. While this album is a bit more serious, it’s still incredibly fun to listen to and will translate quite well to their awesome live shows. This album will help reinforce the fact that this band is one of the great progressive bluegrass bands of this era.
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Trampled by Turtles - Stars and Satellites (BanjoDad Records; 2012)
This article appears on page 7 in Vol. 8, Issue 8 -- Totally Beachin' (May 2012)