Album Commentary: 1 Hopeful Rd. – Vintage Trouble

(nb: this acoustic version is on their ep “The Swing House Acoustic Sessions”.  the regular version is on “1 Hopeful Rd.”)

After my Beatles post, perhaps you are a little nostalgic about authentic music.  That’s something that our times are obsessed with, right?  Anyway, never fear, there are many wonderful musicians out there.  Today, if you haven’t heard of them, here is Vintage Trouble.

Their second album came out this fall, and I honestly think it’s better than their first album (“The Bomb Shelter Sessions”).  The best thing about this band, however, is the live performance.  If you’ve ever heard of bands whose live performances are akin to religious experiences, this is one of those bands.  They are powerful, and Ty has the audience eating out of his hand within about thirty seconds.  I first caught them in San Antonio in a big festival, my friend and I just happened upon them, and I’ve been hooked since that…1 or 2 songs.

Look at how classy these guys are.  Bask in it.  Guitars and suits.  What else do you need?

I challenge you to listen to this album without dancing.  It’s impossible.  They live up to their name and more.  There are quite a few slower, more serious songs on the album (such as “Doin’ What You Were Doin'” and “Another Man’s Words,” above) to balance the high energy anthems, so overall, it’s a joy to listen to even with all the heartbreak songs.

What makes this album the best so far of Vintage Trouble for me is the overall hopeful (d’uh, the title’s in the review) nature.  The first album has a lot of energy and seduction, which are great, but I feel like this one has (even more) heart.  Go, listen to it, and let the smooth blues vocal surround you.

One last one for the road:

Track listing from wikipedia:

1. “Run Like the River” 3:40
2. “From My Arms” 3:01
3. “Doin’ What You Were Doin'” 4:02
4. “Angel City, California” 2:54
5. “Show’s What You Know” 4:12
6. “My Heart Won’t Fall Again” 3:22
7. “Another Man’s Words” 4:51
8. “Strike Your Light” (featuring Kamilah Marshall) 3:27
9. “Before the Tear Drops” 3:26
10. “If You Loved Me” 3:24
11. “Another Baby” 2:35
12. “Soul Serenity” 3:58

 

 

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