Somewhere Along Those Lines is the debut album by The Reckoning Wheels. It seems like this is mostly just a solo effort. As an engineer I have to admit it’s pretty amazing what one can do these days from the comfort of their own home.
Somewhere Along Those Lines definitely has an older ’70s type of aesthetic to it. Some of the songs are more rock based and others felt more easy listening. One of the highlights was the opener “Close to Me” which is a little darker than some of the other songs. He’s also at a really good range for his vocals.
The next song which I thought was one of the standouts was “(Gotta) Trust It.” It's a basic 4/4 groove with some solid guitar fills here and there. One of the other highlights was “Warm Air Rising” which is more lush and laid back. It’s reflective and nostalgic but also contains a unique solo.
The closer “Don’t Give Up” was my favorite song on the album. It’s upbeat and has the best groove as well. There’s a nice juxtaposition between the guitars and organ which sounded really good to my ears.
I enjoyed the vocals on this album. They felt heartfelt and sort of like someone who has experienced a good amount of life. My only critique is I did feel like these songs were made to be recorded live with a full band in a room. There’s not much "glue" which is created through things like room mics, overheads, a summing section on a board and analog tape. If there’s one thing I’m not crazy about with new digital recording it’s that everything sounds too separated which is something that is hard to avoid if you are using any virtual instruments.
Although I had some strong preferences song-wise I thought this was a good and heartfelt album from beginning to end. The lyrics were top notch and the songwriting was solid with some songs that seemed to reach another level. Take a listen.
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