The Band Perry blaze trails on new album

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Grade • B

CD • The main thing wrong with The Band Perry on the family-trio's second album "Pioneer" is that Reid Perry still sports the worst haircut in country music since Garth Brooks became Chris Gaines for a while. Other than that, Kimberly, Neil and Reid show a confidence unusual for a group so young, with the Perrys co-writing all but the spectacularly hair-raising lead single "Better Dig Two."

The continued reliance on acoustic instrumentation — such as fiddles and mandolins — is refreshing, and the songs show a clear understanding of the power of dynamics. "Done," for instance, is set to be a rockin' anthem, while the title track is a bittersweet folk tune.

Not all of the songs connect, and Kimberly's many angry-women-scorned songs can come off as too samey-samey, but otherwise The Band Perry has a bright path ahead of them. Check them out in Tooele in July. —

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