Six Mile Grove is a band that has been around twenty years and recently released their seventh - yes, seventh album entitled Million Birds. There is no denying this band has experience and tons of talent. The band definitely has the Americana thing going on but they don’t mind getting melancholy and atmospheric either.
The album begins with the title track “Million Birds” which embraces warm instrumentation, tones and textures. I loved the inflection of the vocalist. There is plenty of solace and understanding in his voice but also hope at higher registers. Great stuff. The song taps upon old tropes of trying to get an old relationship back on the rails.
“Patrols Cars” felt like a classic right off the bat and also reminded me of the band Calexico. The three elements of the distant pads, driving beat and heartfelt vocals was a combination that could not be beat.
“Shame On Us” is such a dynamic song with plenty of emotion. The verse leaves plenty of space for the vocals and the chorus reaches impressive heights. “Wage a War” is a perfect blend of hope, nostalgia and gratitude while “Early Morning Rain” is a song you should play after some good old fashioned heartbreak.
“Not My Fault” felt like the single. It’s very catchy and and was a very joyful and happy song. It is a song that will get stuck in your head and most likely that you sing along with.
The band continues to impress with the slightly badass “Shot in the Arm” and the warm glow of “The Radio.” “Money Doesn't Matter” is somewhat classic Americana. I also agree with the sentiment on this song. “Damned If I Do’ has a lot of beautiful ambience behind a steady, soft kick drum. The band ends with the upbeat and celebratory “Goodbye to the Loneliness.”
Six Mile Grove is a veteran band that delivers an exceptional album. Highly recommended.
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