11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the opening acoustic guitars and finely tuned harmonies of "Over and Over," Bucks County, Pa.-based Good Old War reminds listeners that well-executed folk-rock/alt-country can still inspire great songs. The band's third album, 2012's Come Back as Rain, further refines its delicate formula, casting the group as a Crosby, Stills & Nash for a new generation. While the songs are rooted in rustic instrumentation, the melodies caress the contours of vintage pop. "Calling Me Names" hints at The Beach Boys in its looming harmonies, while "Better Weather" evokes the summer breezes of the Boys and Hawaii's Jack Johnson. The band isn't all sun and fun, though. "Present for the End of the World," "Not Quite Happiness," and "It Hurts Every Time" show gray clouds forming, yet with an Americana-pop approach that hasn't been as successfully mined since the days of The BoDeans. The songs are campfire-ready, though it might be a challenge for aspiring singers to nail the harmonies: proof that these young men are old pros.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the opening acoustic guitars and finely tuned harmonies of "Over and Over," Bucks County, Pa.-based Good Old War reminds listeners that well-executed folk-rock/alt-country can still inspire great songs. The band's third album, 2012's Come Back as Rain, further refines its delicate formula, casting the group as a Crosby, Stills & Nash for a new generation. While the songs are rooted in rustic instrumentation, the melodies caress the contours of vintage pop. "Calling Me Names" hints at The Beach Boys in its looming harmonies, while "Better Weather" evokes the summer breezes of the Boys and Hawaii's Jack Johnson. The band isn't all sun and fun, though. "Present for the End of the World," "Not Quite Happiness," and "It Hurts Every Time" show gray clouds forming, yet with an Americana-pop approach that hasn't been as successfully mined since the days of The BoDeans. The songs are campfire-ready, though it might be a challenge for aspiring singers to nail the harmonies: proof that these young men are old pros.

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
40 Ratings
40 Ratings
marley_mae ,

Wow this is really good

I got two of their songs for free on itunes and it just started growing on me. So I looked up other songs and they are so good. It's kind of like an Indie/Pop/Country feel to it, check it out because it's worth it (good for road trips too!)

JKRJ ,

The Nick and Artie Show

I am not nailed down to one type of music. There are some I definitely hate more than others; I saw this band on the Nick and Artie Show and decided to buy one song on iTunes.

This is really different music to me; yet the difference intrigues me. I would suggest you do like I did and listen to the little bits of the songs on iTunes and see what you think. I did and I bought the whole album.

Cheers!

JKRJ

Dogfather20124 ,

Amazing...just amazing...

I bought this album for one song -- Amazing Eyes. The rest of the album is phenomenal too; what a great find. Went back and bought Only Way to Be Alone and Good Old War too...I have a new favorite band, and it's Good Old War! Just saw them in concert last night opening for Counting Crows; even better live. I'm hooked, and you will be too...

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