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Auburn

Love and Promises

Review by Gary Hill

The newest disc from Auburn continues their musical exploration. It’s not a big change from anything they’ve done in the past. Instead, it’s a solid collection of the kind of songs you’d expect. There is an artsy side to this act (mostly derived from the half whispered vocals), but overall their sound it more based in roots music. It has a lot of blues and a lot of folk built into it. This is a solid disc overall.

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Track by Track Review
Asleep

There is a trippy, dreamy element at the start of this. Folk and Americana merge as the acoustic guitar brings it in from there. As the vocals join the mix of those elements complete. This is like a psychedelia meets country and Americana styled piece. It rocks out more further down the musical road, too. The piece continues by alternating the mellower and more rocking movements.

In My Blood
Acoustic guitar leads this one. This is sort of country blues take on folk music. The powered up sections have a bit of a soulful vibe. The organ adds a retro flavor to the piece.
Love & Promises
This tune really feels like the 1970s. It has that same folk and country influenced soft rock sound that was so popular in those days. It’s a really accessible tune.
Miss You Blues
This is a gentle and slow moving acoustic blues based cut. Although the basis of the track is acoustic, there is some electric guitar here.
Wanda
Folk rock and country merge on this number.
Cross the Deep Atlantic
With male vocals mirroring the female ones, this is a gentle folk son.
Safety Net
The mellow bluesy tune is one of my favorites here. It has a definite folk element at play, too.
Ivory Moon
Another folk rocker, this has blues and country in the mix, too. It grows out in some cool was as it continues, too.
Stupid Game
There is no huge change here. This is one of the mellower cuts, really.
If Everyone Was Listening
Blues, country and rock merge on this accessible number. It’s more powered up than the last tune. It’s an accessible and compelling piece of music.
Tell Me
This starts mellow, but eventually works to more powered up stuff. It’s not a big departure, but it’s quite good. 
State of Grace
An energized number, this doesn’t reinvent the wheel. That said, it’s quite effective.
 
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