John Cranford (vocals/guitar), Phillip Sirmans (bass), Eric Thunder Reid (vocals/fiddle) and Randy Rockolata (drums) are Cranford Hollow. The band formed in 2011 and has accomplished quite a bit since their formation. In addition to national tours that garnered themselves an impressive fan base and they have released five albums. The band is quite prolific to say the least. Their latest release “COLOR/SOUND/RENEW/REVIVE” is an album that mixes elements of rock, folk and country. At eight songs the album is compact but powerful. They lean on the side of brevity and it pays off. No filler.
They open with “Songfield” and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect thirty seconds in. It sounds a bit like an alien spacecraft is landing. A little under a minute in and a band emerges quite seamlessly. The grove is quite atmospheric and Cranford has a deep, dare I say manly type of voice. I really enjoyed the fiddle on this song that has a number of inventive transitions.
“Long Shadows” was a little more upbeat and lively with pop heavy hooks. It felt more single worthy and more commercially viable than the opener. The fiddle and guitar playing off each other was pretty fantastic. “Bury It Down” sounds like a straight country tune to my ears while “Noise” has an almost prog rock feel to it because of the unique timing.
“North” starts with a vocal sample while layers of strings make the presidential speech more powerful than the words by themselves. The song has a nostalgic feel to it and U2 actually came to mind. “Dark Turns” is a dense and quite epic instrumental piece while the closer “Swing” is a contemplative closer.
I came away feeling like there were a lot of tones and textures on this album. Many of which I wasn’t expecting. Overall, the songwriting, delivery and production is top-notch. You can hear why this band has large fan base. Recommended.
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