Great American Taxi's sophomore release finds the band in strong form, despite some personnel shifts over the past few years. The group continues to lean on the honky-tonk pedal to produce engaging roots-based ditties, including the title cut, "Reckless Habits," an infectious ode to late country rocker Gram Parsons, and the Grateful Dead-inspired "American Beauty," which acknowledges the outfit's devotion to a Western jam aesthetic. Habits is piled high with rootsy sing-alongs such as the opening cut, "One of These Days," lead guitarist Jim Lewin's tongue-in-cheek ode to band life, "Tough Job," and the classic Vince Herman-delivered "Good Night to Boogie." Other jewels include "Cold Lonely Town" and the lyrically lustful "Fuzzy Little Hippie Girl." Being a democratic effort, most of the outfit's members lend a hand penning its songs. And while their habits may be reckless, the results are safely pleasing.
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