Brit La Palm (vocals/guitar), Justin Dale (lead guitar), Josh Denham (bass) and Michael Beavers (drums) are Moody Hollow. The Atlanta based band recently released a self-titled album Moody Hollow which is a rock album with southern charm and folk mixed in for good measure.
I spent some time with the album and my first thoughts were how well put together it felt. The production, delivery and everything in between seemed professional. It was obvious the band put a lot of work and effort into the album. Unfortunately, a professional sounding band doesn't’ always equate to an emotionally fueled, passionate album but that’s not the case here. The whole band does their part but the focal point of the music is the vocals by La Palm. La Palm is a dynamic singer who can go from intimate and mysterious to powerful and commanding. Her southern accent is sometimes subtle and other times a little more obvious.
The band starts off with the title track. I was immediately attracted to the music and thought the bass line in particular got my attention. The song was one of my favorites. It has an infectious, rocking chorus along with more serene moments. I was actually reminded of My Morning Jacket at times.
“Omaha” was just as much country as rock. The song has a single worthy type quality that made it seem like it would work on the radio. “Touch” is a darker rock song while “Runaround” is a catchy rock infused song with country and Americana.
One of the highlights was “El Dorado.” The band has a good amount of attitude on this song and a couple of riffs sound like they were influenced by spaghetti westerns and a mariachi band. As the album starts to come to a close they continue to deliver well written songs.
Moody Hollow is a good album that I think a lot of people would appreciate. There weren’t any surprises along the way but the band was able to create a cohesive experience for the listener. Recommended.
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