Most Americana duos donâ€™t sound as much like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings as people say they do. But the Milk Carton Kidsâ€™ resemblance is uncanny, from the close harmony to the just-guitars sound to the way flatpicker Kenneth Pattengale plays the hell out of a vintage instrument.
As songwriters, Pattengale and Joey Ryan are a click more traditionalist than most of their peers; the word folk only needs qualifiers here and there. But thereâ€™s nothing primitive about the way they sing together: itâ€™s as tight and as polished as the Everly Brothers. Their second album isnâ€™t much of a departure from the first; theyâ€™ve pretty much got this formula down pat. What a great formula.