Old Crow Medicine Show- Volunteer (2018)

Posted by KB on 5/18/2018 to Reviews In Brief
These boys write and record down home, shit-kickin', back woods Appalachian music that rocks, twangs and doesn't sound hokey- but remains traditional. "Volunteer" is the back yard barbecue hootenanny album of the year. Its a sing-along, happy blast. Hard not to kick it up and have a smile while this one is rolling. It stumbles just a bit at the end, but that first side. Glad that Old Crow won't be remembered as the group that gave Darius Rucker his biggest hit. Get the spoons out and play along.

Favorite Songs: Child of the Mississippi, Dixie Avenue, Shout Mountain Music, Flicker & Shine

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Okkervil River- In the Rainbow Rain (2018)

Posted by KB on 5/2/2018 to Reviews In Brief
Was reading about Okkervil's new release and it stated that this is the most non-Okkervil sounding album they've made. Most of the time this gets me all a titter since I like it when established artists/bands try something new instead of rehashing what they've been doing. So I appreciate Will and the gang did just that. Put out a MOR, poppy, non-alt-folk-rock album. But that's where my doting ends. IMHO, I don't feel it works. It's muted, soft and indistinct. Okkervil has always been a warts and all band where the emotion supersedes perfection. ITRR has their warts burned off which, to me, loses their essence. To the point where I didn't even bother to listen in on the songs lyrics (which Sheff excels at and is a highlight of their albums). Glad they ventured, but I hope they inch their way back to "Black Sheep Boy" territory.

Favorite Songs: Pulled Up the Ribbon

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