13 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though San Francisco's Tea Leaf Green started its career as a jam band, its members have become master craftsmen at writing songs and complementing them with just the right instrumental accompaniment. 2013's In the Wake is the sound of a band growing together and getting past personal tragedy. The songs were written as therapy for the band and feature a binding message of living through grief that gives songs such as "All Our Love" and "In the Wake" a somber undertow. While circumstances of the past few years have forced this self-proclaimed party band to grow up beyond "Sex in the '70s," there's still a joyous groove to be had in the mild reggae and soul of "Give Me One More Chance." Drummer Scott Rager knows how to lock with bassist Reed Mathis, and together they ensure the band can do anything it sets out to accomplish, whether it's the FM radio rock of "One Condition's Enough" or the spaced-out and experimental "Two Parts."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though San Francisco's Tea Leaf Green started its career as a jam band, its members have become master craftsmen at writing songs and complementing them with just the right instrumental accompaniment. 2013's In the Wake is the sound of a band growing together and getting past personal tragedy. The songs were written as therapy for the band and feature a binding message of living through grief that gives songs such as "All Our Love" and "In the Wake" a somber undertow. While circumstances of the past few years have forced this self-proclaimed party band to grow up beyond "Sex in the '70s," there's still a joyous groove to be had in the mild reggae and soul of "Give Me One More Chance." Drummer Scott Rager knows how to lock with bassist Reed Mathis, and together they ensure the band can do anything it sets out to accomplish, whether it's the FM radio rock of "One Condition's Enough" or the spaced-out and experimental "Two Parts."

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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

The Epicurean ,

This is it! They've done it.

Although it cannot be denied that Tea Leaf Green has grown enormously as a band, it can be argued that the songwriting has been great throughout their career. "In the Wake", however, they've pulled off a shocking feat - a set of new songs that are jewels of rock and roll, coupling their great writing with flawless execution and solid production. The band seems unafraid to try new elements, including the wonderful duet with Lesley Grant (see the video!), strings that work to great effect throughout (especially in "All Our Love") and a true egoless collaborative force that is strikingly mature, while maintaining a spirit of fun that is relentless! I can't wait to hear these great songs on tour (maybe even get to hear "Space Hero I") Meanwhile, I'm going to play the album and dream. Thanks fellows! I'll take this voyage anytime.

MichaelSuhr ,

Studio Magic without the Studio Trickery!

Wow… thanks for putting it all out there! It's been a LONG time since I've heard a band that excels on the stage put out a studio album that is inspiring. You did what you are supposed to do in the studio… capture - create - explore - ignore the mainstream - improvise without compromise - and delve into heartfelt material without the binds of having to appeal to an already established demographic. The album is a journey rather than a preconceived destination. Always love your live shows and always will… as long as you keep using the inspiration that inspires YOU rather than the SCENE. Great album! Buy it… listen to it… buy their other albums (if you haven't already), and catch a LIVE show when Tea Leaf Green comes to your neck of the woods!!!

Mannabass ,

Evolution and Greatness

Here's a great suggestion: if you want TLG to sound like they did in 2005, go listen to Taught to Be Proud. This is TLG as they sound in 2013. This album is a gem, a collaborative effort between all band members, creating a delicious tapestry of sounds and influences. That is called evolution and growth… so strange to hear fans condemn an artist for growing and evolving. This is a great album and, as someone who has been seeing TLG since 2000, I am always pleased to see where their sound evolves.

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