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Bombadil

All That the Rain Promises

(Ramseur; US: 8 Nov 2011; UK: 9 Nov 2011)

Bombadil, a North Carolina based four-piece has certainly seen its share of trial and tribulation over the past few years. Scholarly and erudite, these aren’t your stereotypical rockers. The original drummer left the rigors of touring behind to pursue medical school.  A new drummer jumped on board, but the group struggled with doubt, uncertainty, and most seriously, the rare nerve disorder that stripped multi-instrumentalist Daniel Michalak the use of his hands.  Fortunately, Bombadil forged a mutual alliance with its fans, who had always passionately gotten behind each of the band’s releases and tours. So, when things got tough, Bombadil leaned on that support and forged ahead to make All That The Rain Promises, a whimsically rollicking 11-track collection filled with spiritual declarations of hope (stunning opener, “I Will Wait”), go-get-‘em-next-time promises (the infectious “Laundromat”), and sardonic, hear-it-to-believe it nuggets (“A Question”). The musical palette is diversely arranged so that the album’s 33 minutes flow by in a flurry. You’ll hear country-folk picking, loopy instrumentation, and Band-like swirls of sound that lodge into your ear and make you hit play again after the last chords of closer “Unicycle” fade out. The future is wide open for the talented gentlemen of Bombadil. Here’s hoping they’ve got a few more tunes like these left to share.

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After recent stints in Raleigh and Jersey City, Jeff Strowe is a writer now based out of Dallas who offers forth occasional commentary on music, books, culture, and sports. His work is also featured on Glide Magazine and has written in the past for No Depression. For intermittent commentary, relevant retweets, and occasional inane banter, follow him on Twitter @JeffStrowe.


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4 Sep 2006
Bombadil is nothing earth-shattering, but it's a very happy way to spend 20 minutes of your time.
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