Birds Of Chicago – Love In Wartime
Format: CD – Vinyl – Digital / Label: Signature Sounds
Releasedatum: 4 mei 2018

Tekst: Iain Patience

After a gap of a few years, Birds Of Chicago have turned out an interesting and enjoyable follow-up to their 2016 release, ‘Real Midnight,’ an album that gained considerable critical acclaim albeit leaving many unsure about its genre-crossing beauty. With ‘Love In Wartime,’ the couple, JT Nero and wife Allison Russell, have again produced an admirable mix of modern Americana, self-penned songs that linger long in the memory.

The duo themselves consider their output to be rock ‘n’ roll, though this offering always holds strong touches of country-cum-Americana with rock undercurrents, in truth. That aside, this is an album that works wonderfully well, full of delightful melodic hooks and lyrics, and always bubbling with sensitive vocals and fretwork. Don’t expect rock riffs or licks here, instead enjoy the more innovative rhythmic work and the lingering lyrics and groove that make this an album worth catching and admiring.

Produced by North Mississippi Allstars’  Luther Dickinson, ‘Love in Wartime’ is one of those albums that could all too easily slip though the cracks, which would be a tragedy, because this is a genuine gem, a little bit of pure delight, guaranteed to bring a smile if not a gasp of pleasure.

01. Now / Sunlight
02. Never Go Back
03. Love in Wartime
04. Travelers
05. Try
06. Lodestar
07. Roll Away
08. Baton Rouge
09. Roisin Starchild
10. Superlover
11. Derecho

Website: Birds Of Chicago

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