Delta Spirit join the War on Drugs, the National, Strand of Oaks and many more in taking queues from Americana but turning it into an anxious, epic genre that bursts from its seams. These country-leaning songs are covered with shimmering effects, pounding drums and an urgent vocal performance as its centrepiece. Thanks for making this possible, Waterboys. 'Into The Wide' is, of course, massive. It goes straight for the heart.
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Both my mum and my dad phoned me separately this week to ask if I watched the recent Jeff Lynne concert on BBC4. They obviously enjoyed it. In which case they may well be interested in the opener on this album ‘Push It’ which sounds just like Travelling Wilbury’s...or that Beatles comeback thing that Lynne sliced together from some bits of Lennon’s dna. Once they’ve got ELO out of their system though they turn back into the widescreen the Killers type rock I’d originally imagined.
‘From Now On’ and ‘Live On’ both are sub Springsteen blasts of blue collar rock with pounding rhythms, distorted guitars and pleading preaching vocals. ‘Take Shelter’ taps into the same kind of 80’s big music thar War and Drugs are currently peddling with unfathomable success. There’s a U2 like self importance to the lyrics - these guys have really got y’know...something to say and they say it in an impassioned manner over the top of synth washes. ‘Hold My End Up’ (ooph!) in particular is a nice piece of atmospheric rock that builds slowly and surely.
We may mock this kind of stuff but as the successes of The National and War on Drugs prove, tonnes of you like this windswept, widescreen heartland rock. Makes me want to wear a bandana.
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