It’s never been cooler to jump aboard the country bandwagon and ride all the way into Nashville – just ask Steven Tyler, Foo Fighters’ Chris Shiflett and more.
That Asking Alexandria frontman Danny Worsnop has opted to stamp his own one-way ticket to the spiritual home of a genre in rude health would appear to be a more surprising decision than most.
However, there are times when it feels like a natural move towards the mainstream: lead single Mexico is a marvellous fusion of traditional and modern with its lazy refrain and addictive chorus. I Got Bones offers further proof that Worsnop could really pull this off.
Yet every so often it feels as if the versatile vocalist is struggling to justify a whole album’s worth of countrified material. The cumbersome I Feel Like Shit and the strained Same Old Ending are nothing more than feeble filler within a set punctuated by pure class.
Whether Worsnop can make this work live remains to be seen and his set at Ramblin Man Fair will be essential viewing. The Long Road Home is self-reflective, retrospective and occasionally riveting but it’s far from the complete tribute to country.