Now is now again for the Flatlanders, the Lubbock troika that released a comeback album in 2002, thirty years after its members, Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock, first disbanded. Wheels of Fortune (New West) is a pleasing set but one that doesn’t share its predecessor’s collaborative jitters. Unlike Now Again , which was mostly co-written, there’s scarcely a shared credit here. Still, Ely’s “Neon of Nashville” and Hancock’s wry “Eggs of Your Chickens” are worthy additions, and a pair of Gilmore-penned gems are nicely resuscitated. Hancock—whose voice seems to be growing richer with age— delivers a sublime “Deep Eddy Blues,” while Ely completely inhabits “Midnight Train.” Otherwise, it’s a mixed bag.

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