TUESDAY, MARCH 06, 2012 |
Posted by: Carianne Hixson
There really isn't a type of war anyone would define as good, but 'Good Old War' isn't literal-- it's simply the title of a band extracted from the three bandmates last names, Keith Goodwin, Tim Arnold and Dan Schwartz. If they were a war, though, by no means would it be a cold one, because after only four years, the acoustic-driven trio is out with their third full-length record, Come Back As Rain-- making for a pretty impressive (and warm) discography for such a young band.
The follow up to their sophomore self-titled album (#2 on Billboard's New Artist chart) exudes maturity, with its ensemble of talented instrumentalists and lead singer Keith Goodwin, whose vocals aren't comparable to anyone else out there. They capture the serenity of a band like Simon & Garfunkel, with vocal harmonies that set them apart and keep them from the potential parallel.
Consider Come Back As You Are the quintessential road-trip album. As if the adventure were mutated into sheet music, it's a textured production that bears similarity to a scenic drive through the states. It's got the calming quality of a warm, mid-western, spring-breeze, with traces of upbeat bongos layered within its acoustic-tinged tracks. The fourth track, "Better Weather," exudes that buoyant mentality with lyrics like: "Maybe tomorrow the storm will blow over/ the river won't overflow...that's why we rely on hope." The seventh track, "Touch The Clouds (Taste The Ground)" may be the gem here, though. It's a foolproof uplifter, serving as an elixir for a rainy day. The album title might be demanding their muse to come back as rain, but wet weather or not, this album could transform any grey day into a blissful one, and these guys serve as a breath of fresh air.