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Album Review

The Hush Sound's emphasis on mature, piano-driven pop makes them a rarity on the Fueled by Ramen roster, where the punk-pop sounds of Fall Out Boy and Panic at the Disco reign supreme. With songs like "Medicine Man" and "Honey," Goodbye Blues distances the band even further from their Ramen brethren, adding shades of old-timey swing music and torch song balladry to their catalog. Returning fans will still take comfort in the Hush Sound's usual mix of co-ed vocals and jaunty songcraft, but the group also shows a willingness to experiment that few of their labelmates possess. With pianist/vocalist Greta Salpeter at the wheel, Goodbye Blues opens with the aptly-named "Intro," an early morning ballad that sounds destined for playback on a Victrola, before launching into the snappy "Honey." The bouncing piano chords and semi-jazzy harmonies evoke a sense of 1930s Americana, and while that feeling has mostly waned by the album's second half, it gives the album enough momentum to sustain the weaker moments on Side B. Most of those limitations show up in the songs helmed by guitarist Robert Morris, whose vocals are certainly competent — particularly when flanked by the harmonies of his three bandmates, all of whom sing — but can't claim to be as unique or as endearing as Salpeter's throaty alto. The songwriting duties on Goodbye Blues were split, a result of the group's short-lived decision to disband, and Morris' contributions can't quite rival those of his bandmate. With a breakup looming on the horizon in 2006, Morris and Salpeter scrambled to write their own songs, intending to use that material to launch their respective solo careers. The Hush Sound ultimately stayed together, however, and those solo tunes became the building blocks of their third album. So while Goodbye Blues is one of the most mature releases in recent Ramen history, it's not altogether cohesive, with Morris' songs all but banishing Salpeter's piano in favor of guitar-based progressions (and, by extension, banishing the one thing that helps the band truly stand out). But when the bandmates are on — when Greta Salpeter leads her boys through the sexy stomp of "The Boys Are Too Refined" and the poppy big band strains of "Medicine Man" — they come across as the co-ed equivalent of Jack's Mannequin, which is worlds away from being the sibling band to Straylight Run.

Customer Reviews

New sound, but still the same amazing

I felt reviewing each song, because they are al individually great songs: Intro- great beginning, the sound is very raw. It made me want more Honey- This was a good sum of the album. Good pick for a single. Medicine Man- One of the best songs on the album. The beginning is very head-bobbing. The Boys are Too refined- I like how they put all of their instruments together here. Hurricane- I love the piano, very beautiful song. As You Cry- I think this is Bob's best track, out of all the cds, personally. Six Interlude- Just awesome! Molasses- The lyrics are very well written. That's Okay- Not one of the stand out tracks, I think, but it still is awesome. Not Your Concern- This kind of reminds of Like Vines. Love You Much Better- One of my favorites, makes me want to jump up and down Hospital Bed Crawl- I really love the line, "your the only angel I ever gave away" Break The Sky- I could listen to the refrain in this song over and over again. You are my home- Greta's voice is so beautiful in this one. Pretty Down To Your Bones- Great closing, just like the intro, it keeps you wanting more. Wow, that was long, but I hope it was helpful =D buy goodbye blues!!!

The Hush Sound comes through again

I won't make this long ... The Hush Sound came through again. The album still has the same up tempo feel of So Sudden and Like Vines, but the band seems more refined. However, Bob is missing too much from the album. I believe he has about 3 songs on here where he takes the lead, where he has about half or more on the other albums. Don't get me wrong, Greta is amazing, but I like when there is an even mix of the both of them singing. This album is mostly Greta. Therefore, there is really no song on here like "Don't Wake Me Up," "Wine Red," or "Where We Went Wrong." Musically, it's amazing. I listened to the whole album ealier today, so maybe with a few more listens, I'll get used to Greta being the overwhelming force. That is the only reason why I don't give this album 5 stars (unlike Like Vines, which is nearly perfect for me). I believe it stronger than So Sudden, however. Anyway, 4 stars and another great album

amazing, but too much greta.

we need more bob, yo.


Formed: 2005 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

What began as random jam sessions between friends Bob Morris (guitar) and Greta Salpeter (piano/guitar) eventually grew into the Chicago indie pop quartet the Hush Sound. A classically trained pianist since age three, Salpeter was introduced to Morris by mutual friends when they were in seventh and tenth grade, respectively. The two played together whenever free time would allow, and by winter 2004/2005 they had seriously begun writing songs. Originally called "the Hush" ("Sound" was added later...
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