Posted by Big George (188.8.131.52) on August 12, 2018 at 13:36:42:
In Reply to: High Water I out today.. post your reviews here posted by B-Ville Crowe on August 10, 2018 at 09:43:56:
Mary the Gypsy - The circus horns announce the boys are back in this hard scrabble diddy. Scratchy, crunchy guitars on this country and punk tinged banger. Just a finger limbering for our guitar heroes.
High Water - The Rich run of triplets here drive the song in a dreamy sound scape. It is obvious the boys couldn’t wait to get into “Sunrise” type sound (a Rich trope?) from the MMS jam days of old.
Send me a Omen - Needs more Ford and/or Ford on Les Paul as the solos can take flight live but the studio cut leaves me wanting a bigger more searing sound from the solo. A minor complaint but all these custom guitars are versatile but lack the “sear”.
For the Wind - A better use for the “Miracle to Me’ set of intro chords, and I don’t have anything against MTM. PIcks up steam like “Cursed Diamond” with different conviction altogether. It’s like Marc played on Lions.
Sister Moon - It kinda all comes together for me on this tune a perfect throwback piano unheard in awhile, tear drop slide playing, and Hogg sounds good on this one. I miss Chris’s cynicism on tunes like this but that is personal.
Color Blind - Swampy CCR feel with Neil creeping around as influences in a wonderful new wrapper. Shows the potential of this outfit musically and lyrically.
Take it All - Picks up right where “Downtown Money Waster” left off. We have been alone in that bar room since 1995 waiting for an appropriate sound to pick up where that jam was going. Shake your goose feathers, get your guard hairs poofed out, and work on your stutter step dance moves as this well be a doozy live for the drinkers in the crowd.
Walk on Water - Marc finally gets an able backing band for his tunes. Makes me miss Tom Petty yet remain hopeful and happy with Rich decorating this tune with tasteful licks while Marc lays it on the line. Step into the unknown
Hand in Hand - Rich’s picking here is wonderful as we see how he and Marc meld in an acoustic setting. Fresh and fun like a Ronnie Lane traveling carnival. Harkens back to 2008 and BFTF in ambition and expanding the sound into a vaudeville tent.
You Found Me - Unrushed and delicate with the slide playing, it’s nice to hear them finding their way. You can hear Rich and Marc getting adjusted to each other, and listening to each other’s playing.
Can You See - A little psychedelic interlude keeps this interesting
Open Up - Reeks of Neil Young, funky, cocky, and confident in delivery with another “Sunrise” break give this jam options galore in a live setting. This leaves me wanting HW2 and more.
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