On Come Morning Bros Landreth Soothe away the Dark

On Come Morning Bros Landreth Soothe away the Dark

On Come Morning Bros Landreth Soothe away the Dark Great listening, as comforting as a warm blanket on a cold night. The album has a smooth consistent flow but within that, there is a huge amount of variety in the accompaniment.

Bluesdoodles rating: 3 Doodle Paws – Great listening, as comforting as a warm blanket on a cold night. The album has a smooth consistent flow but within that, there is a huge amount of variety in the accompaniment.

This is an album that is as comforting as a warm blanket on a cold night, and as soothing as a hot toddy laced with honey.  After listening to this collection of songs several times the single word that came to mind was “luscious”.  The Bros Landreth are, hold the front page, two brothers from Canada that play what they describe as North American roots music, which gives you a vague ballpark to start from. 

This album though has more of a late-night soulful vibe.  Both brothers – Joey and David – sing and their vocals have that smooth and warm quality that one normally associates with old-time R’n’B/soul singers. More interestingly, the melodic tunes are cloaked in subtly expansive arrangements with different instruments adding a wide range of colourful additions.  Due to you know what, the album was recorded layer by layer in the studio in near seclusion, adding one instrument at a time, resulting in music that has a lovely haunting quality.  The backing fits perfectly with the lyrical content of the songs which address subjects like loss, grief and love.  This makes it sound like a mournful collection, which it isn’t.  Reflective and heartfelt would be a better description.

 “Don’t Feel Like Crying” has the most gorgeous pedal steel accompaniment, interplaying with some atmospheric guitar lines.  The song features a guest appearance from Leith Rose and her high harmony against the lead vocal is delicious.  Elsewhere less traditional instruments are employed to add a different flavour to proceedings as on “Drive All Night” where the slow pulsing backbeat in the introduction and verse is accompanied by electronic sound effect samples.  The album has a smooth consistent flow but within that, there is a huge amount of variety in the accompaniment.  A really listenable and enjoyable collection.

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On Come Morning Bros Landreth Soothe away the Dark

Track listing:
Stay
What in the World
Drive All Night
Shame
You Don’t Know Me
After The Rain
Don’t Feel Like Crying
Corduroy
Come Morning
Back To Thee
Drive All Night (Radio Edit)

Musicians:
Joey Landreth
Dave Landreth

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