Del Pedro is a band that has played on and off for years. Their second album All That Is Solid Melts Into Air is basically a live album that was recorded with one or two takes in the studio. All That Is Solid Melts Into Air isn’t reinventing the wheel with this album but this is a great rock album. I’m a sucker for lap steel which is all over this album along with some banjo and organ. These are just good songs, delivered well, recorded in a professional studio. Sounds good to me.
The band starts with “Feel Like I'm Slipping Thru God's Hands” which has that start and stop motion I’ve always enjoyed with the lap steel. I'm not exactly sure what the lyric “Feel Like I'm Slipping Thru God's Hands” means but I like it. The vocalist gives a tip of hat to Hendrix when he mentions castles and sand. Great opener.
“Song For William Blake” is another great track. It's a rock track with hints of country and blues. The lead guitar just sounds great on this track along with palatable vocal harmonies. “Show Me The Steps” is a change in pace. The distortion comes off and the song has an “I just walked into a saloon” type vibe. It’s right on par with the first songs when it comes to quality. That organ sounds just about perfect for this song. The band rocks out hard right after that with “We The People” which contains banjo while “No Deeper Ocean/No Brighter Sky” is deeper and more contemplative.
“Sorrow” and “So Gone (for Chris Whitley)” were both valuable additions to the album but the closer “10,000 Babies” really resonated with me. It’s a minimal song with acoustic guitar and vocals. The lyrics are thought provoking to say the least.
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air has a great flow from beginning to end. Call me old fashioned but I grew up in a time when an album mattered just as much as the singles. Take a listen to this album. I’d just start from the first track and hit play.
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