“Strong men also cry.’’ It’s not just an eminently quotable line from “The Big Lebowski,’’ it’s the sentiment at the hard heart of the urban Americana on the second full-length from Boston’s Movers & Shakers. Tales of romantic woe come packaged with the accouterments of the modern rambling cowboy here - pedal steel, organs, accordion, three-part harmonies, and horns bundled together with the ol’ proverbial dusty-road aesthetic. On songs like “Fallen From Grace,’’ guitarist and vocalist Matt Price strains toward an understanding of a messy relationship, shifting from a downtrodden verse to an achingly self-reassuring chorus. It’s depressingly hopeful. There are no literal dusty roads in Boston, but concerns of geography are irrelevant as lovelorn bar-rock anthems like “Just Lonely Souls,’’ the Westerbergian “The Sun Won’t Show Its Face Anymore,’’ and the meandering harmonica and finger-picked plea of “Lay Down With Me’’ bring the settler’s camp to you. We’ve all got dusty roads in our hearts anyway - even the strong men.
ESSENTIAL “Fallen From Grace’’
Movers & Shakers play a record release party with Viva Viva at the Middle East Upstairs on Nov. 10.