The Uprights is a pretty unique group. According to the band “The Uprights is a collective of artists (writers, photographers, cartoonists) that also play music. Anonymously. Each one of The Uprights plans to release his own CD and each will take a turn writing and producing the material.” The collective recently released Ghost ship.
The album is an amalgamation of different styles but I thought the songs have a sense of familiarity to them. Take for instance the opener “Psychopaths'' which is a classic brass swinging blues/rock hybrid. It's a certified highlight with a sort of classic theme that the mega rich don’t have your best interest in mind and that they are criminals/lunatics. That point is arguable but I definitely enjoyed the praise of the common man.
“The Lowdown, Everlovin', Downright, Good-For-Nothin', Lockdown Quarantine Blues'' revolves around an old blues riff that’s been around forever. Nonetheless it's a solid song delivered with a good amount of emotion.
“Every Time” is a change in style and genre and is more an acoustic ballad. It’s straight up love with memorable melodies. “Boomerang Baby” is another example of a rock/blues hybrid that embraces timeless riffs. “Good As Gone” has more of a folk flavor and reminded me of the Grateful Dead. This song contained one of my favorite vocal performances.
“Waitin' On The Rain” is a slower moving song and one of the more melancholy songs. “American Dream” sounds like classic Americana while “The Damage I've Done” is a tender, sweet song about infidelity, jail and more broadly about reflecting about the past. “Keepnit Reel” was a highlight. I loved the eclectic and bluegrass vibe with the instrumentation. Last up is “Shame On The Night” which is a nostalgia closer with some killer horns.
Ghost Ship reminded me of music from a genre band. I thought there were some gems and probably something for everyone. Recommended.
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