Delta SpiritAAEs AaeHistory From BelowAAE.
Kindred Spirits: My Morning Jacket, Wilco, the Black Keys
Enjoyable but uneven, Delta SpiritAAEs sophomore release, AoHistory From BelowAo, opens on a resounding note, with drummer Brandon Young vigorously booting the track Ao9/11Ao into motion. What distinguishes the twangy rant isnAAEt the lyric, a routine broadside aimed at warmongering, among other things (AoWeAAEll turn the Marlboro man into a Marine / The brave youth will come from far and wide / With 9/11 as a
battle cryAo), but the San Diego quintetAAEs crackling attack and rousing harmonies.
From that point on, lead vocalist-guitarist Matthew Vasquez and the bandAAEs unvarnished charms are the chief reasons to keep listening. Mind you, the rewards are more abundant when Vasquez has something to shout about, as on the soul-stirring anthem AoBushwick BluesAo, or when heAAEs busy unfurling a long narrative based on real events (the closing AoBallad of VitalyAo). When problems arise, tiresome Dylanesque allusions (AoDevil Knows YouAAEre DeadAo) or a mopey combination of sentimentality and introspection are usually to blame. For all his passion and swagger, Vasquez certainly canAAEt do much with this toss-away verse: AoSomeday darling maybe / You could be my baby / Until then IAAEll be waiting / At my lonesome white table.Ao
The album ultimately delivers more hits than misses while managing to balance the bandAAEs literary ambitions and rootsy allure. ItAAEs an impressive effort, lulls and all.
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