by Nicholas Hubbard
How one man, Eric Woodruff (with a little help from his friends), can inspire the craving to set out across Eastern Washington in a dented old Mustang with fraying upholstery is beyond me. You might have a slightly different vision, but the desire will be the same. Having faithfully listened to their Wilco records, Woodruff and his posse then proceed to fill up the fourteen tracks on Prosser with scenic alt-country that is so earnest it can’t be derivative. Though Woodruff’s handling of multiple instruments is admirable, Dylan Rieck, Paul Turpin and Josh Haupt help to expand the sound on a number of his compositions.
About the only thing that prevents me from taking Prosser out to my Civic and leaving town right now is the second half of the album. The high point is “State I’m In.” Then, like the countryside that you run into just through Snoqualmie Pass, it’s so unvaried that you don’t pay attention anymore. You realize all the songs have a similar ring and it slows down too much after the initial thrills of “A Worthy Seed” and “The Time Has Come.” I’ll be excited to see where Prosser takes me when their range grows wider.
More on Prosser: www.prossermusic.com / www.myspace.com/prossr.