12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With their fifth studio album, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors wear their rootsy folk-rock songs with the ease and comfort of well-worn blue jeans. But Holcomb actually likens music to footwear in the opening “Another Man’s Shoes.” His wife, Ellie Bannister Holcomb, provides sunny vocal harmonies here and throughout Good Light, at times sounding like a young Emmylou Harris. The following title track emits guitar tones so radiant and warm it sounds like Holcomb found a way to crossbreed Tom Petty’s Rickenbacker with George Harrison’s Gretsch Duo Jet. But it’s the soaring melodies and life-affirming lyrics that warrant naming the album after that song. Ellie’s natural drawl fits the twangy confessional “Tennessee” like a well-tailored dress and hits a more impassioned pitch (which would also work well in a Ryan Adams song) in “Rooftops.” Where much of Good Light has sentimental restraint and a subtly earthy grace, “Nothing Like a Woman” gets more festive; the rhythm section kicks out an uptempo shuffle under rootsy organ drones, piano, and vintage-toned guitar leads.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With their fifth studio album, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors wear their rootsy folk-rock songs with the ease and comfort of well-worn blue jeans. But Holcomb actually likens music to footwear in the opening “Another Man’s Shoes.” His wife, Ellie Bannister Holcomb, provides sunny vocal harmonies here and throughout Good Light, at times sounding like a young Emmylou Harris. The following title track emits guitar tones so radiant and warm it sounds like Holcomb found a way to crossbreed Tom Petty’s Rickenbacker with George Harrison’s Gretsch Duo Jet. But it’s the soaring melodies and life-affirming lyrics that warrant naming the album after that song. Ellie’s natural drawl fits the twangy confessional “Tennessee” like a well-tailored dress and hits a more impassioned pitch (which would also work well in a Ryan Adams song) in “Rooftops.” Where much of Good Light has sentimental restraint and a subtly earthy grace, “Nothing Like a Woman” gets more festive; the rhythm section kicks out an uptempo shuffle under rootsy organ drones, piano, and vintage-toned guitar leads.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
358 Ratings
358 Ratings
Carson Hollingsworth ,

Amazing album, amazing people.

This is Drew Holcomb and the Neighbor's best album to date. Their voices compliment each other so well in this collection. If you ever get a chance, see them live! They have amazing chemistry on stage, and they are wonderful performers.

LindsayPod ,

Great album!

Don't waste your money on lady gaga. Get real heartfelt music with lyrics that don't have the word "DJ" in them. What a great album!!

brellsworth ,

Boom goes the dynamite

Can't wait to see this album blow up and have the entire country see what's been hiding in TN. Keep up the hard work. Definitely on the way!

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