Sep 05, 2009
Cheri Nobel - See all 4 of my articles
I mentioned the new group Love and Theft in the Country Corral on August 22. I finally received my copy of the CD this week! I sat down and gave it a listen. Here is what I think of the songs on the disc. I’m more of a lyrics person, so the strength of lyrics has a lot of weight on the ratings.
|World Wide Open||Not a bad song, per se, but probably not the best song to put in the #1 track of a debut album. Theme of the song is which road to travel down (which life choice to make).|
|Runaway||I absolutely LOVE this song. I haven’t been able to get it out of my head for weeks. From a lyrics perspective, I’m a sucker for the “get out of town and make a new life for myself”. The harmonies and instrumental strength really make the song stand out. My scale only goes up to 5, but I wanted to give this song at least a 6.|
|Dancing in Circles||The songs asks why people can’t get along, when we are all born brothers and sisters (in Christ).|
|It’s Up to You||The narrator is warning a second person that their destructive actions are likely to cause broken friendships in near future.|
|You To Miss||This is a story of love lost. It doesn’t seem to have the instrumental strength of some of the other songs.|
|Can’t Go Back||Another song with strong instrumental aspects and harmonies.|
|Don’t Wake Me||A tale of newfound love – don’t wake me from the dream.|
|Freedom||The first half of the song is considerably better than the second half (which is still pretty good). Is freedom a good thing or a bad thing?|
|Slow Down||In contrast to the songs which have the narrator racing off into new directions (Runaway and World Wide Open), this song begs to slow things down a bit.|
|Me Without You||A solid song with the theme of “you complete me”|
|Drowning||The songs has the theme of “I’m drowning without you”. I really like some of the harmonies – they pushing the song’s rating up by a full Cheri.|
|Album grade: This album has a number of 2 Cheri and 3 Cheri songs. However, I really like the top end songs (particularly Runaway) and the fact that this is a debut album make me a bit of an easier grader and allows me to award 4 Cheris. I see a lot of upside potential for this group. Perhaps their next album will be achieve a coveted 5 Cheri rating.
Love and Theft is made up of Brian Bandas, Eric Gunderson, and Stephen Barker Liles.
Love and Theft
World Wide Open