May 05, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Court Yard Hounds are the Dixie Chicks minus Natalie Maines, whose 1995 addition transformed the group from Texas traditionalists into global stars. So is the Hounds’ debut a return to roots? Kinda: Quiet cuts like ”Skyline” emphasize their down-home vocals. But ”The Coast” is sunny pop, while ”Ain’t No Son” rocks harder than ”Goodbye Earl.” B

Download These:
Sheryl Crow-like The Coast at amazon.com
Harmony-rich I Miss You at amazon.com

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