JOHNNYSWIM, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - Goodbye Road

Published Monday 6th August 2018
JOHNNYSWIM, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - Goodbye Road
JOHNNYSWIM, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - Goodbye Road

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 170267-26797
LABEL: Magnolia

Reviewed by Paul S Ganney

Johnnyswim works more or less in a folk pop genre ala Mumford & Sons while as most Cross Rhythms readers/listeners will know, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors can best be described as Americana. This is a true collaboration, with two bands coming together to write and record together - not just one artist guesting on another's album. The harmonies are the first things to leap out at you: they are simply superb. Then there's the range - joyful bounce ("Ring The Bells") meets gospel soul ("Goodbye Road"). The songs came as a response to events such as the racial assaults in Charlottesville, the loss of rock and roll icon Tom Petty (whose "I Won't Back Down" is covered here - it fits so well that if you didn't know otherwise you'd assume they wrote it), and the attack on an audience of music fans at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. One website claims it has given us "a record that not only doubles down on swooning, sweeping melodies, but also offers messages of hope and resilience. It's bright, clear-eyed music for cloudier times." It's hard to disagree and the backing vocals humming "Amazing Grace" that slip into the title track display this message of hope well. It's a lovely EP and it'd be great if they did this again.

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