Rich, moody guitar-powered Americana from Portland three-piece Greylag. This self-titled debut album was produced by the great Phil Ek, who has worked with Band of Horses, The Shins and Modest Mouse, among others. The album was four long years in the making and is available on limited coloured vinyl, as well as your usual black sort.
5/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 31 October 2014
Here's an album from Portland-based trio Greylag, four years in the making so I hear. This lot are peddling a cinematic Americana-rock sound, "embracing electric and acoustic with a sound that’s both subtle and forceful" says the press release. It's kind of a Kings of Leon-lite type vibe, impeccably polished country rock with predictable song structures and a radio-friendly sheen
To be honest it's making me come out in hives like when I had to listen to the latest Dry The River effort, but I think that might be largely down to personal tastes rather than this being a genuinely bad album, I can't deny that my foot's tapping a bit when they tone down the earnest and dramatic elements on the slinkily throbbing 'Kicking', which bar a bit of questionable falsetto has a real brooding cool to it, but elsewhere things tend to either be overblown Kings of Mumford indie-blues and interminably plodding ballads. It's fair to say I won't be listening to this again, but if you're a fan of the likes of Stornoway and Frightened Rabbit and any of the aforementioned bands then maybe you'll disagree and leave a positive customer review for balance? Go on, be a sport.
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