The opening song, ‘Our Own Enemy’, starts off with a great ambient sound effect and then jumps directly into the bands upbeat folk style with great reverberated guitar riffs that give it a blues rock tone and a steel guitar that mix in a folk country twist. ‘Almost Feel A Breeze’, which is the featured song on the album, has great energy and uplifting lyrics, then takes a sudden turn, diving into a great breakdown, then exploding into some rock guitar with a wailing trumpet solo at the end. The band also provides a great YouTube of the band performing this song live at the Palace Theater in historic downtown Los Angeles which is included as a link in this review.
The next song ‘Blowing Like a Rose’ gets back to a kick back folk style with the female backing vocalist taking the lead brilliantly. ‘Deeper Sleep’ has a driving rock guitar riff with creative vocal layering and a great stereo imaging of the steel guitar.
My personal favorite would be the track called, ‘Sheer Bliss For Me’, which has a more gritty rock flavor and a great vocal hook stating, “decide which side your on”. Each song on the album is well written and produced and it is fair to say that there is not one song that isn’t a great song.
The outstanding musicians that surround Sam Mellon’s folk style acoustic songs really bring the final touch to the bands awesome sound, from the on-point drumming and vocal harmonies of Brian Olamit, to the strong reverberated lead guitar melodies of Russ Chaput. Not to leave out any of the other great musicians in the band, the bass player, Anthony Cook, creates a strong foundation for each song with smooth bass lines and subtle transitions, while steel guitar player, Julian Goldwhite, and trumpet/percussion player, Dan Clucas, add their signature melodic sounds in beautiful stereo, creating a sound recognizable to Neil Young’s backing band, Crazy Horse.
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