13 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“I made a religion out of what I love,” sings Red Wanting Blue’s Scott Terry in “Pour It Out,” one of many anthemic tracks here. If faith in one’s dreams is this impressive album's theme, so are the doubts and detours that test even the most resolute believer. Since the ‘90s, Red Wanting Blue has made a study brand of heartland rock rooted in the band’s Midwestern heritage. This time, Terry confronts the challenges of sustaining a relationship while living the touring musician’s life; his idealism is tempered by experience. His cavernous baritone (suggesting Eddie Vedder with a touch of Bob Seger) fills tunes like “Hope on a Rope,” “Love Remains," and “Running of the Bulls” with resonant longing. Guitarist Eric Hall Jr. and keyboardist Greg Rahm flesh out RWB’s sound with burly yet nuanced playing, adding country twang to “Cocaine” and shifting into jangle-rock for “White Snow.” The music on this heartfelt, hard-hitting release is muscular yet confessional, proudly unflashy, and palpably sincere.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“I made a religion out of what I love,” sings Red Wanting Blue’s Scott Terry in “Pour It Out,” one of many anthemic tracks here. If faith in one’s dreams is this impressive album's theme, so are the doubts and detours that test even the most resolute believer. Since the ‘90s, Red Wanting Blue has made a study brand of heartland rock rooted in the band’s Midwestern heritage. This time, Terry confronts the challenges of sustaining a relationship while living the touring musician’s life; his idealism is tempered by experience. His cavernous baritone (suggesting Eddie Vedder with a touch of Bob Seger) fills tunes like “Hope on a Rope,” “Love Remains," and “Running of the Bulls” with resonant longing. Guitarist Eric Hall Jr. and keyboardist Greg Rahm flesh out RWB’s sound with burly yet nuanced playing, adding country twang to “Cocaine” and shifting into jangle-rock for “White Snow.” The music on this heartfelt, hard-hitting release is muscular yet confessional, proudly unflashy, and palpably sincere.

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