Chuck Ragan's impassioned growls have only intensified on his newest solo album, Till Midnight, despite his instrumentation progressing toward safer terrain. Backed this time around by the Camaraderie—an all-star band featuring members of Lucero, Blind Melon, Foo Fighters, Social Distortion, and more—Ragan's typically anthemic, muscular tales of heartbreak and workingman's laments are planted in the same milieu he's been exploring since 2007's excellent Feast or Famine. Finding his inner Springsteen has been fortuitous for a legion of edgy country loyalists, and Till Midnight is well poised to launch Ragan into another level of notoriety, even further from his aggro-punk roots in Hot Water Music. If he's not already, Ragan ought to be the soundtrack for a new generation of Americana devotees. RYAN J. PRADO
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