Saturday Free Press
With the exception of the catchy roots pop of the title track, Latimer spends most of Fallen Apart exploring the more traditional side of country including Lyle Lovett style country swing on High Lonesome. Along with age-old themes of lost love, lost lives and lost ranches what country album worth its weight in manure doesn’t serve up a drinking song? The locomotive breath of Gin Train spits the Bombay Sapphire cap right out the window. Latimer wrote or co-wrote all but one track. The sparse acoustic Division Day is from the late Elliot Smith, who is an obvious influence as many of these tracks wear their dark melancholy (and pedal steel) proudly. Multi-instrumentalist John MacArthur Ellis (Ridley Bent, Barney Bentall) is responsible for that plaintive haunting steel as well as the lovingly executed production.