The Movie Song’s new album Lackland is a country fusion piece that is super fun and dance-y. Somewhere between a Green Day sound mixed with Rockabilly and feels just enough country and just enough rock to be listenable for non-country lovers such as myself. The main singer’s voice is unique and powerful. Some of the religious undertones made me feel a little uncomfortable. It might be gospel rock for all I know. A hint of keys and a driving drum make it energized and powerful.
The first song “Your New Romantic” contains the lyrics "we need voices these coping devices." There is a lot of wisdom packed into the lyrics about to how to cope with lost love. The song ends on a twang-y country guitar riff. The majority of the songs in this album sound like they are inspired by emo-country. If you think about it country music traditionally is a bit expressive and a bit bluesy.
The songs are always "I lost my wife, I lost my car, I don't think I will go too far." We can giggle at their simplicity, but in reality that simplicity runs through the veins of many songs. This album has that same emotional breakdown with the country underpinnings, but also is inspired by rock. The lyrics talk about “being forgiven, no one was guilty, everyone was guilty." Who knows if he is talking about Jesus forgiving him or this chick he is involved with? The ambiguous language dabbles in religious references.
There is a skillfulness in being shape shifters and music transmuters in this group. It's always shifting sound. The guitar is in the forefront of the music. It's powerful and distinct. Strumming is very steel metal sounding; the drums are also distinct and contrived. The singer sits somewhere in the middle.
Overall, I would say the album is something to check out if you like country, rockabilly, gospel and emo all married together into one giant soup of emotional experience. The singer’s voice will leave an impression and the subtle infiltration of multiple soundscapes, including rustic brass and florally piano, making it memorable.
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