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Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors: Good Light

Justin Cober-Lake

They're still worth following, but Good Light isn't the album it should have been.


Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Good Light

US Release: 2013-02-26
UK Release: Import
Label: Magnolia Music
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Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors blend pop-rock and Americana with a smooth grace that makes them a perfect fit for TV soundtracking (they've been featured on Parenthood and mainstream radio). New album Good Light could have been their breakthrough moment, but it falls a little flat. The elements are there: tight band, good songwriting, nice harmonies. Unfortunately the disc lacks propulsion, especially when the uptempo “Nothing Like a Woman” is just silly. “Can't Take it With You” covers musical ground the band's already gone over repeatedly. “Tennessee” sounds like its title, but drags under its cliched topic. Fortunately other cuts fare better on this oddly backloaded recording, including “A Place to Lay My Head” and “What Would I Do Without You”, which would make a great solo acoustic number. Holcomb and his band stay in that dangerous area where they're one good lyric and one lucky break away from soundtracking next season's American Idol, but currently spinning their wheels too much to get anywhere. They're still worth following, but Good Light isn't the album it should have been.

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