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If you’re looking for an extra shot of espresso in your café-rock, take a listen to Amy Fairchild’s sophomore self-titled full-length. The record lies comfortably between the bare-bones conservatism of singer-songwriter style folk and more energized roots-rock radio. While, at times her vocal style leaves her lyrics a bit exposed, her words cement themselves the best when threaded nicely into poppier grooves, like the Sheryl Crow-esque “Long Way Down.” This may not bag her a first class seat on the Pitchfork buzzwave, but that’s not what she’s aiming for. The record is a steady balance of earnest balladry and more robust bluesy twang—a release that your parents might approve of, but young’uns could probably dig into as well.