Saturday, March 29, 2008
Limbeck - Hi, Everything's Great
Innovative and fun, Limbeck, a four-piece from Orange County, never ceases to rock my musical socks off by making the genre of alt-country their own. The band sounds if they have a lot of fun making their records, and that carries over into the album. Nothing on this album sounds forced, dramatized, or hurried. These things are very easy to hear, especially on an alt-country record that is meant to be rhythmic and melodic, and the band keeps everything well constructed, yet provides a loose beat with the percussions to allow for guitar fills and riffs. Watching their live show, the energy is readily apparent. I highly recommend their concert, as I've seen them three times, on both coasts, and they always put on something memorable. Lyrically, the music is a mix between relationships, and what seems like nothing at all: car rides to shows, hanging out on porches, and being with friends. Perhaps that is where the allure lies, because everyone can relate to the topics singer Robb MacLean covers. A great band, and a classic album. Standout tracks: "Julia," "In Ohio on Some Steps," and "Honk + Wave."