Boomkat Product Review:
A serious contender for a career best from Keith Wood's Hush Arbors, Yankee Reality ditches many of his more psychedelic tendencies, but what it lacks in wyrd-folk far-outness it makes up for in jangling, tuneful song-craft. J Mascis is on hand to provide some sublime, ringing guitar lead parts on 'Day Before', instantly ranking itself among the finest pop songs in the Hush Arbors canon. The good-time jams keep coming with 'Lisbon', whose buzzsaw fuzz guitars punctuate a brilliantly trad, almost Monkees-like take on shuffling, '60s West Coast sounds. The press notes compare 'For While You Slept' to Tom Petty's 'American Girl', and while that's some billing to live up to, it does fit into that Byrds-influenced lineage of American rock music, making links between twangin' country stylings and all-out power-pop. For all these splendidly uptempo folk-rocking would-be hits you still get a taste of the more pensive Americana we'd associate with Wood's writing, showing itself in the Beck-like acoustic trudge of 'Fast Asleep', while album closer 'Devil Made You High' departs from all previous form with a blistering feast of distortion and noise-rock virtuosity. Very, very good, and highly recommended.