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10,000 Towns

Eli Young Band

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Album Review

The Eli Young Band hail from Texas but if their fourth album, 10,000 Towns, is any indication, their heart lies in Nashville. Not quite country bros but also a far cry from the weathered country-rockers working the Texas circuit, the Eli Young Band are a decade into their career and playing like seasoned professionals — pros savvy enough to know when to cop a turn or two from such hot properties as Florida Georgia Line without outright mimicking. "Dust" is as clean, clear, and melodic as anything on modern country radio in 2014, as are the better, poppier songs here: "Your Last Broken Heart" is similarly measured and well constructed and "Just Add Moonlight" carries a sense of anthemic urgency in its chorus not entirely dissimilar to LeAnn Rimes' classic Coyote Ugly theme, "Can't Fight the Moonlight." Elsewhere on 10,000 Towns, the Eli Young Band get a little funky ("Revelations") and introspective ("Angel Like You," "Prayer for the Road"), but their strength lies in the sweeter stuff, how they can make crossover country-pop that seems amiable but never cloying.

Customer Reviews

All good things must come to an end

Once again we have seen a big label ruin a great band. I love red dirt but unfortunately Nashville has caught the sent of big dollars in texas and has started ruining previously great bands such as RRB and EYB…

Texas Country

They've done it again. Eli Young Band have once again found a way to make their music radio friendly without losing their Texas Country roots. A must have. A top contender for best album of the year!

Seeing the future?

I would advise anyone reading the reviews for this CD, that many, particularly the first few, were written BEFORE this album was released. I consider these to be "seminar" posts by "Big Nashville Label" haters that probably never were EYB fans to begin with. After all, how can you post an honest review of a work you have not heard? That being said, this isn't Level, or even JB&J, when it comes to the edge and scope of the music. Clearly, EYB has become more focused with the music they record, centering to a more consistent sound. This is part of maturing as a band, and a necessity, evil or not, to accomplish the goal of being nationally recognized artists. After a dozen spins, I believe this is a solid modern country work. There is enough variety in the style and themes of the songs to keep me interested, and anyone that claims EYB has started to "sound like everyone else in Nashville" clearly doesn't appreciate Mike Eli's wonderful and unique voice. I find only one throw-way tune on this CD..."Your Last Broken Heart"... sorry guys, the worst song you have recorded IMHO. I a weird way, I hope they wrote that one (haven't seen the credits yet), because if they didn't, whomever decided to include that one must have owed a favor to the songwriter. The only other surprise is to see that Dust in their next release. I think it is one of the weaker tunes. 10,000 Towns, or Lets Do Something Tonight would have been better choices IMO. Bottom line, another outstanding work from a band that continues to mature. 10,000 Towns will probably outsell their first three combined and even surpass LAB. And love Nashville, or hate 'em, that ultimately is the goal.

Biography

Formed: 2000 in Denton, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Fusing a young man's take on heartland rock with the tougher side of Texas country music and the cocky enthusiasm of alt-country firebrands, the Eli Young Band have become a potent draw in the Southwest on the strength of local airplay and extensive touring. The Eli Young Band's story began when Mike Eli and James Young both enrolled at the University of North Texas and found themselves sharing a dorm room as freshmen. Both played guitar, and the two new friends started writing and singing songs...
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