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Long Beach, Calif.–based Delta Spirit expands its rootsy approach for its self-titled third album. Matt Vasquez and Kelly Winrich have a taste for the grand gesture. As the opening track, "Empty House," builds to its crescendo, elements of Bruce Springsteen and The Waterboys can be heard bleeding through the serious intentions. Advanced electronics give a sense of modernity to "Tear It Up" and a mirage of soothing colors to "Otherside," where keyboards swirl like a carousel on a boardwalk empire. "Tellin' the Mind" lets the band's fans know this is a group clearly leaving its rustic roots in the past, despite whatever hints are present in the falsetto-sung letter to Vasquez's wife on "Yamaha" and the heartland rock of "Into the Darkness." Delta Spirit is clearly a band in transition, finding new ground and learning its contours. This leads to unexpected surprises and stylistic chances that keep things intriguing.

Customer Reviews

Terrific Album for a Teenager

For all of the sheep giving this album five stars, let's be serious. This sounds more like a musical temper tantrum than a genuine move in a new direction. I understand not wanting to be labeled but I think DS sacrificed their music in order to make some sort of immature statement. Nearly all the tracks feel forced, pop-driven and uninspired. They seemed to have concerned themselves a bit too much with arrangements and sampling which left us with catchy beats and lyrics of no substance. If this self-titled album is a closer reflection of what the band was at its inception, I am issuing a formal request for a return to the days of HFB.

A good band on steep decline....IMO.

Overproduced. I thought this band was heading places. They may be, but they are out of my rotation of new music recommendations.

Delta Spirit

The self-deception is dripping off the review page. Along with many others, I was amped for this release. I also appreciate the notion that the character of an album becomes apparent only after multiple spins.

At some point, however, you've got to be willing to call a disappointment when you hear one.

Where are the tunes whose penmanship is so gripping that they need no embellishment? Ode to Sunshine is teeming with these gems - there are a few on History as well. Where are the guts of Parade? Where is the off-kilter emotion of Scarecrow? Where is the heart-thumping buildup of 911?

In Delta Spirit, I hear an album that lacks basic ideas. Hopefully, time will turn my opinion - it wouldn't be the first time.

The band's earlier work has earned it a free pass - I just wish they wouldn't have cashed it in so early.


Formed: 2005 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Pitching its style between indie rock and alt-country, Delta Spirit features bassist Jon Jameson, drummer Brandon Young, vocalist Matthew Vasquez, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kelly Winrich, and guitarist Will McLaren. The band began when Jameson and Young's former band, the San Diego-based emo outfit Noise Ratchet, called it quits in 2004. Seeking a rootsy sound, the pair joined forces with Vasquez, Winrich, and founding guitarist Sean Walker. In 2006, the band issued their debut EP, I Think I've...
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