12 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though he hails from Mobile, Ala., Ferrill Gibbs is a singer/songwriter who sounds like he grew up under the sway of Coldplay. His smooth, pleasing vocals have a relaxing quality that when met by adult-oriented orchestration, creates a sophisticated pop of its own. Andy Carlson, who arranged the strings for R.E.M.’s New Adventures in Hi-Fi, can be heard fiddling his way through the ends of the opening track, “The Happy Ones,” and it’s tasteful musicianship like his that makes even a song like “You and Your Misery” sound less like a potential downer than a tune that flows with empathy to a better place. Musical experience is everywhere here. Participants include engineers, producers, and players who’ve worked with Sonic Youth, R.E.M., Jennifer Nettles, The Allman Brothers Band, and Of Montreal, all of whom came and went at Studio 1093 in Athens, Ga., until songs like “Samaritan,” “Roses,” “So Goes You,” and “Faithless Me” (which recalls the melody from “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”) sounded like fully arranged pop songs that literate and mature music fans could enjoy. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though he hails from Mobile, Ala., Ferrill Gibbs is a singer/songwriter who sounds like he grew up under the sway of Coldplay. His smooth, pleasing vocals have a relaxing quality that when met by adult-oriented orchestration, creates a sophisticated pop of its own. Andy Carlson, who arranged the strings for R.E.M.’s New Adventures in Hi-Fi, can be heard fiddling his way through the ends of the opening track, “The Happy Ones,” and it’s tasteful musicianship like his that makes even a song like “You and Your Misery” sound less like a potential downer than a tune that flows with empathy to a better place. Musical experience is everywhere here. Participants include engineers, producers, and players who’ve worked with Sonic Youth, R.E.M., Jennifer Nettles, The Allman Brothers Band, and Of Montreal, all of whom came and went at Studio 1093 in Athens, Ga., until songs like “Samaritan,” “Roses,” “So Goes You,” and “Faithless Me” (which recalls the melody from “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”) sounded like fully arranged pop songs that literate and mature music fans could enjoy. 

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings
AmyGamber ,

Amazing top to bottom!

I loved this album the first time I heard it and it continues to grow on me, with the songs - especially the lyrics - sticking in my head... Amazing song writing! A Ghost Who's Familiar and Turn The Cheek Love, tracks 9 & 10 are my personal favorites!! Will definitely be looking for more from this artist.

AUBlues ,

Two thumbs up!

I have been fortunate and had the opportunity to review this album prior to release. After several listens (album entirety and separately selected individual songs), the music plays well in each setting. If you desire insightful and though provoking lyrics - the music is great for a one on one listen. If you are making a setlist for dinner preparation or entertaining guests - the melodies and sometimes unusual and interesting compositions are great setlist additions. You can definitely hear the influences of Billy Joel, Beatles, and Pink Floyd in certain tracks. I think you will find that combination of influences extremely interesting.

Scott morrow ,

Significant Trees

Love this album more and more.Intellgent,emotional lyrics paired with music that is deeply stirring and so satisfying for your soul.After all isn't that what music is supposed to be.

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