The Bloom And The Blight is quite a departure for Two Gallants, but at the same time feels entirely natural. A lot can happen to two men in five years, and whatever it was is in this album. It's raw, it's aggressive, it's full of energy and life. From the soaring vocals strains to the fuzzy guitar riffs, this is everything I wanted from Two Gallants' four full-length. It's grungy but still brimming with folk elements. It's hard but still retains a gentleness that the lead singer Adam Stephens brings to the table. The drums are walloping and passionate—seeing them live demonstrates this even more clearly—and the guitars are musical and boisterous. One moment you're hearing a folk song strum solo on a steel-string acoustic, the next you're listening to a two-piece relive the days of their grungy youth, with all its frustration and energy. Nothing could please me more than to experience the lives of these two geniuses as they explore the last five years in full gory detail, one coarse and beautiful song at a time.