BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
Trampled By Turtles have wasted no time in following up last November’s big breakthrough Live At First Avenue with their seventh studio album Wild Animals, all the better to consolidate the growing attention they’ve garnered so far. Worthy contenders in an ever expanding Americana arena, this Duluth Minnesota quintet reflects a range of varied influences — Dylan, Townes, nu-grass, nu-folk and the like — but it’s singer Dave Simmonett’s hollow-eyed vocals that bring Neil Young’ most to mind. Yet, while the title track, “Silver Light” and “Lucy” follow that tack and cast a spell of sobriety, there’s plenty of spunk and spirit permeating these grooves as well. The sprightly delivery of “Nobody Knows” and “Come Back Home” and the easy sway of “Winners” and “Repetition” ensure a festive feeling remains in reach. Fiddle, banjo and mandolin add a rustic appeal, tempering the band’s cutting-edge attitude with a decidedly back porch attitude. Wild Animals may be an exaggerated description, but their willingness to explore other environs still ensures ongoing interest.
DOWNLOAD: “Nobody Knows, “Silver Light,” “Wild Animals”