Label: Kaleidoscopic Wondersound Records
Following in the footsteps of The Black Keys and The White Stripes, The Stone Foxes have slowly drained the gritty flavor from their sound while striving for a more refined take on 21st-century bar rock. Not surprisingly, Small Fires is the San Francisco act's most polished record to date. It's an album specifically designed to showcase their songwriting as opposed to their jamming and ensemble interplay. A Little Feat vibe can even be detected in the loping grooves that anchor "Cold Wind" and "So Much Better." The group then turns to old-fashioned country-rock for closer "Goodnight Moon."