We live in a moment where music is trending toward the old-fashioned folk and dance show, see Mumford & Sons, Trampled By Turtles, what have you. What Fletcher Rockwell does is take what they like from those driving drinking jams and foot tapping love-a-byes and then add a pinch of Americana and Chicago wherewithal. A few surprises here and there finish the collection off in a fashion not unlike Kings of Leon.
The music sways and rocks you to the edge of romance and on the next track straight up lets her rip on a good times roller. The production is solid and very present with quality tone choices and blend. The vocals sit easily above the distortion although beneath the hooks lies a support group of bass line that could be brought up half an inch or so. As you move down the list, notice the give and take of Irish lore bar music, border-line retro country and dirty rock; one guess as to what song that is. Let’s get into it.
Things start off in a nice four on the floor ballad type way with soothing melody and selectively poignant resolve. With each phrase break there’s a mind etching guitar line that is spot on in tone, as is the fiddle work during the pre chorus. Vocally, we hear shades of growl and emotive yelling, but it’s all highly musical and doesn’t push too far save for the last passage which cuts like a knife, lingering in a pained center yet palpable with deep passion.
Leading into “If You Don’t Love Me Now” are a couple breezy sweeps that demand a little couple’s attention – a little hand in hand around the living room pretending like you took ballroom lessons. We’re all pretty good at faking it aren’t we? A more aggressive style comes into play on “Dirty Blonde,” just a little gritty rockscape rooted in the trespasses of a heart breaking hottie with that bronzey mane and looks to kill. It grooves hard and lays down some thick guitar before giving way to the next in line, “Jenny, You’re The One.” Let’s just say it’s back to the line dancing backyard party with this one.
Overall a solid set of tunes. Recommended.
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