It never crossed my mind how twee country sounds. As The Eerie Green have taught me, it sounds quite pleasant. Maybe that's simplifying it too much, because The Eerie Green have a very strong sound that walks across coals not just of country or twee-pop, but of folk, samba and arena rock as well. It's not as weird or daunting as it sounds, and I think some genre hopping was unintentional. Let The Light Shine On sounds like a bunch of adorable unblemished teenagers, who just happen to be excellent musicians, attempting to run away cross-country while trying to be back home in time for dinner. It's impossible, but just look at them try. The Eerie Green has some fine men and women in its employ, all of whom can play and have good ideas, but the album is hampered by good ideas being dragged out to the end. This is a real black eye for an album that otherwise sounds awesome.
The album overstays its welcome by a good amount of songs, and "Let The Light Shine On" is hardly the emotional send-off the listener deserves after such an ordeal. And yet, the first half of Let The Light Shine On is what I like in my twee country: Strong vocal harmonies, guitar-playing that can sound ferocious or precious and light-hearted lyrics about being young and fun and trying out love. There're some clever touches like in "Wolves,” when actual samples of wolves are heard. The best track, "Who Do You Think You Are,” is a bruising song of scorn, with rattling percussion setting up the backdrop for the midnight-in-the-woods duet of Layten Kramer and Logan Thackray. There are other songs like this on the album, but they can get too saccharine for their own good. Well, The Eerie Green is confident. That much is clear, and the album is well worth your time (feel free to cut into some tracks). I'm interested to see where these progenitors of twee country see fit to evolve their sound.
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