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Emory Quinn - See You at the Next Light

06-22-2011

This is the fourth album of what is at times quite excellent country rock by this Texan three piece band. The line up is Clint Bracher on guitar and lead vocals, Nathan Rigney on anything with strings, also vocals and Case Bell on vocals, bass guitar and keyboards. Bobby Jarzombek was added on drums for this album with Melissa Ludwig assisting on vocals. The bands name is taken from Clint (Quinn) Bracher and Nathan (Emory) Rigney’s middle names. The playing and singing is always excellent, with perfect harmonies and evocative melodies lifting this outstanding alt. country rock album well above average, in spite of the drums at times sounding a little too forward in the mix, although never spoiling the songs. All of the lyrics are written by Clint Bracher whilst all three permanent band members contribute to the music.

Their sound is at times a little reminiscent of Tom Petty, at others the harmonies of the Eagles and the edginess of Poco come to mind but very much country rock for the 21st century with their own stamp of originality. Songs about living for the moment, the search for love, loneliness, lost love, even murder, added to lying, cheating, bad love, in fact all of the staple country music themes but with a little use of metaphor that means, as with all good albums, a little thought is sometimes required to work out the story but none of the songs ever descends into being excessively metaphorical. The instrumentation is excellent and includes various guitars, drums, mandolin, banjo, viola, violin, pedal steel and of course Brachers emotive vocals and those brilliant harmonies! More than enough to make this an album well worth listening but the strength of the writing takes it up a further notch. The songs are all strong and atmospheric but Holes through the windows is not only a gorgeous song but is also quite harrowing in it’s subject matter and finale. The haunting ballad Tear down the walls is stunningly full of emotion, aided and abetted by the beautiful weeping steel guitar. The album closer Falling down again with it’s banjo driven ‘despite all the hopelessness of the world I still feel love’ emotions, reminds you that it’s time to start playing this excellent disc again.
            A tremendous album that will reward a lot of plays, made by a top notch band that given a few breaks could and should be at the top of their genre.

4****

Mike Morrison - americanrootsuk.com