Despite wandering towards rock, Polly Beck’s vocals and lyrics on “Scenic” maintain consistency with the band’s previous, self-titled EP. Beck, who founded the band along with husband Joe Franzen back in 2011, has a somewhat low, populist voice that’s more powerful than pretty. It’s the perfect voice for carrying lyrics about outlaws, lost loves, struggles, and other Western themes like murderers and preachers.
All this talk about the West will likely lead you to expect something specific, but The Ghost of Joseph Buck do well avoiding outright nostalgia and cliche. The West is an inspiration, a launching point and not a handbook for the band’s music. - Hey Reverb