Ryan Montbleau Band

Heavy on the Vine

by Jonathan Kosakow

28 October 2010

 
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US: 21 Sep 2010
UK: 21 Sep 2010

Have you ever met a person so kind and happy that you take an immediate liking to them? Heavy on the Vine, the latest from Ryan Montbleau Band, fits this bill perfectly. It comes along with a myriad of musical influences. There is not one song on the album that fails to catch you. Country, R&B, jazz, reggae, gospel, they all somehow fit together expertly.

It’s too good to be true, you tell yourself, and you’re right. He’s so likable it hurts. I want to see some pain from this man. There is no sulking in his lyrics, only optimism. It can’t be all sunshine and rainbows, can it?

Still, in the end, you just have to accept the album for what it is. Heavy on the Vine is not an emotional roller coaster, nor is it Montbleau’s diary; it is a never ending stream of happiness, and there is nothing wrong with that.

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