A few days ago, country/Americana specialists the Horse Thieves achieved something of a peculiar milestone by releasing their debut record the same day as their follow-up effort. The ‘debut’ LP, Outlaw Ballads, sounds very much like an edgy progressive country effort that Ryan Adams (circa Demolition) would be proud of. The guitars chunk along on top of stomping rhythm parts and the vocals ooze emotion, while their ‘sophomore’ record, Valley of Decisions, has a decidedly different, more sophisticated vibe. The rhythm parts roll along nicely and the guitars have a vast, expansive sound that is more reminiscent of U2 or old school Coldplay than any country act I’ve ever heard. Hit the jump to listen to both LPs in their entirety.