Running the gamut from disco-beat pop to rolling Americana to plaintive ballads, Out For Blood is one of the stronger albums I've heard in 2011.
Farewell Flight has been around since 2005, and toiling mostly in obscurity, it seems. This is a shame, because the band's new album Out for Blood is very good. This set of a dozen songs runs the gamut from disco-beat pop ("Begin Again") to plaintive ballads ("A Lullaby for Insomniacs"), and each track is catchy and well-written. Singer Luke Foley is a strong songwriter and even better arranger. He seems to know just when to make the piano the lead instrument in a song, drop in a rhythm-guitar part, and occasionally use a synth or drum machine. Foley's lyrics are generally relationship-based and aren't exactly coming from a unique perspective, but the band's musicality makes up for the run-of-the-mill words. The melancholy vocals of the title track contrast nicely with the upbeat guitar-pop of the music and the instant earworm of its chorus. Elsewhere, the band shows a command of gently rolling Americana on songs like "America Will Break Your Heart" and "Rope". Farewell Flight even manages to finish strong, with the uplifting, slightly martial-sounding "Slow". Out For Blood is one of the stronger albums I've heard in 2011, and hopefully Farewell Flight will get some recognition for it.