Similar to myself Patrick Storedahl seems like a lifelong musician who can’t take long periods without going back to what he loves. He has been in a number of bands and has an impressively long discography. Today we will be talking about one in particular called Honey, Won't You Spare Some Bills.
Everything about this album harks back to the late ’60s and ’70s. Storedahl used a lot of guitars and keys from the ’70s. It’s not only that though. The recording itself sounds like it’s from the ’70s. I’m not sure if they recorded to tape but it at least sounds like it.
The album starts with “Dream” and is a highlight. It starts off with a sort of classic the sun is rising to start the wonderful day kind of way. Instruments start to unfold and and a groove is established. The vocals in particular have a quality that very much sounded like The Rolling Stones. There is no denying how catchy the vocals are. This is song is very easy to enjoy.
“Rub One Out” is a title I even feel a little bit embarrassed typing but hey what are you gonna do. The song in a couple of words feels laid back like a Sunday morning with nothing to do. The mood is still relaxed with “Meadowlark Lemon” but feels like a song a you would sing along to with your friends after a good night of drinking.
I loved those horns on “Honey, Won't You Spare Some Bills” which is another really catchy song. It’s soulful and smooth. The album continues with a stretch of songs which almost instantly sound classic in some ways including “Acapulco,” “Breakdown Saturday Night” and the wonderfully off kilter “Sunday Veil.”
“Don’t Mean a Thing (Bury Me Under a Tree)” is filled to the brim with infectious melodies. The horns are again a high point but in general the instrumentation is fantastic. “Under the Sun (You Can’t Blame Me)” makes me want to hit the motorcycle I don’t own and would be afraid to ride. “(Hey Mama) Seven Stones of Happiness but I Can’t Shake These Blues” and “Skimpy Tops” are more songs in the win column. The very soulful “San Jose” closes out the album.
There is no denying the obvious influence on this album but rarely do artists sound this good doing it. The songwriting doesn't diminish across these twelve songs that embrace a wide array of organic instrumentation. There is also a nice mix of sorrow and joy to give the album a lot of levity that never feels heavy. Fans of ’70s rock in particular just found an album that they should have on repeat.
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