When the feeling is right and all the elements are well balanced, I find it really hard to get tired of the intimate and direct feel that you can get from good old-fashioned folk music. Mix it with a vibrant pop-rock twist and you got a really pleasant mix, not unlike bands such as Wilco, Fleet Foxes or Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Craig Robertson's full length "Everything Will Pass" definitely falls along these lines, relying heavily on the brightness and organic feel of the acoustic guitars that animate the songs on the album. The vocals lay pretty low in the mix, but the soft, deep tonality melts perfectly on the song arrangements, almost reminiscent of the melancholic vibe of artists such as Nick Drake or Elliott Smith, but with a little more lightness to it, and an outlook towards classic sounds such as Neil Young-inspired folk rock.
The album kicks off with an upbeat, folky song sprinkled with some country twang entitled “The Fadeout (Country of the Mind).” The howling “ooooh’s” and cascading acoustic guitars set a good pace before the last phrase of the song breaks down with an instrumental piece that slowly starts to dissolve before we are introduced to “Everything Will Pass” which continues with the creative picking of guitars and even starts to rock a bit. Don’t be fooled though because there are some slower numbers of this album such as “The Old Stoner” and the album’s closer “Sunday Driver” which is some smooth sounding upright bass. This is a really good record that flows smoothly from start to finish.
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