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closeeuropean version with two bonus tracks. this album is their first since 2007's self-titled release and comes after a three-year hiatus. friends since they were five, adam stephens and tyson vogel grew up playing music together, from early teen-age house parties in their hometown of san francisco, to multiple world tours. the bloom and the blight is the work of a band that has matured and redefined itself, and the album is imbued with a palpable sense of personal catharsis. it moves away from two gallants' more folk and blues-based past, representing the duo's ferocious live show and their past steeped in punk and grunge. the songs have a dark side and a dynamic sonic heft, yet a sense of salvation and resolve courses throughout: an urgent, emotional poignancy stemming in part from stephens' recovery from a serious van accident in 2010.
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