Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Great American Midrange Review
My copy of the Elms latest work, The Great American Midrange, arrived in the mail two days ago and here is my initial review. I was a bit disappointed after the first listen but the album is slowly growing on me. If you like old school rock and roll you will dig this album. Not a huge fan of the style. I was hoping for more variety. I wish they included more varied instrumentation which I know they are more than capable of. Here's My Hand is a perfect of example of what I would like to hear more of. My favorite song by far is The Little Ways. Thunderhead is also a good tune. I was sad when I found out the secret track at the end was not Promises, but Lily is the next best thing.
If you're thinking about purchasing the album I highly recommend getting the acoustic versions of all the songs as well. With the exception of The Little Ways, I enjoy the acoustic versions of each song much, much, much better. The songs sound much more real.
Overall, a nice effort but I think the Elms are capable of much more and can do better. That's not saying it's a bad record, I just can't wait to see what they do in the future. (Promises better be on the next album.)
"Jump on the zip and the ferris wheel." -from County Fair