Editors’ Notes American Aquarium singer/songwriter BJ Barham harbors a deep-seated love for struggling blue-collar characters, the kind who populate Willy Vlautin novels or songs by a younger Bruce Springsteen. He shows us broken families, unfulfilled dreams, and places inside of us where addictions can fester. And the band’s brand of alt-country simply chugs and twangs, haunts, and breaks. The lifting “Family Problems” tells of a sinking alcoholic about to drown. “Wichita Falls” captures small-town futility. “Man I’m Supposed to Be” is all about the internal search. The songs trade on personal regrets, yet there’s always a thread of hope. Beautiful stuff.

SONG
Family Problems
1
5:05
 
Southern Sadness
2
4:06
 
Man I'm Supposed to Be
3
4:11
 
Wichita Falls
4
3:36
 
Old North State
5
4:08
 
Ramblin' Ways
6
4:08
 
Losing Side of Twenty-Five
7
3:34
 
End Over End
8
4:21
 
Wolves
9
3:05
 
Who Needs a Song
10
3:46
 

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