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Death, narcissism, depression, social alienation, suicide, addiction, brooding hostility. Sounds like typical hillbilly and honky-tonk fare. It also describes Pink Floyd's sprawling pseudo-masterpiece, The Wall. So maybe the concept of a Canadian Americana band covering Roger Waters' grim opus isn't such a philosophical stretch.

Sure, musically it's an offbeat idea more suited to wackos like Hayseed Dixie, who relish the rootsy deconstruction of AC/DC and Kiss hits. And reinventing Floyd's murky, sprawling, over-produced 1979 opus for the No Depression market occasionally delivers more than chuckles, thanks to Wright's affinity for his subject matter. "Run Like Hell," with its stuttering banjo and quivering pedal steel guitar, successfully morphs the original into a rockabilly hoedown; a rearranged "In the Flesh" sounds as sincere as any ballad out of Nashville; the rocked-up "Young Lust" thumps along on a Keith Richards/Georgia Satellites groove; and the springy Jews harp in "Another Brick in the Wall Part 1" actually works (at least in this context).

But while the album elicits the sporadic knowing yuk, it's difficult to determine what audience it's geared to. Anal classic rockers are likely to snub their noses at the concept, while O Brother ... lovers may not know Floyd well enough to get the joke -- and the joke gets old as the disc wears on. Frankly, they'd be better off cherry-picking from Floyd's entire catalog, rather than hacking away at The Wall's oblique qualities.

Luther and the boys taking a whack at "See Emily Play"? Now that just might work.

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