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Ode to Sunshine [Import]

Delta Spirit Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Delta Spirit is a band from San Diego, California. They are often dubbed as a “hybrid of rock and northern soul” or as an "Americana/soul" group. The group incorporates unconventional instruments (such as trash cans lids and orchestral bass drums), the multi-instrumentalism of the members and the vocal delivery and religiously/spiritually-themed lyrics of singer Matt ... Read more in Amazon's Delta Spirit Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Aug 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B001APM46M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tomorrow Goes Away
2. Trashcan
3. People C'mon
4. House Built For Two
5. Strange Vine
6. Streetwalker
7. People Turn Around
8. Parade
9. Bleeding Bells
10. Children
11. Ode To Sunshine

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Special debut... 26 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
What a great debut from Delta Spirit. Put simply the standard of song writing and musicianship is of a very high standard and at times astonishingly good for a debut. The style is so diverse it is hard to pin down, but the way I would describe them is a mix of folk, country and rock with some intentional lo-fi roots and bluegrass thrown in too (maybe a californian Crowded house?) What is good to hear on this debut is that the tracks vary in style and tempo as so many debuts can feel very much the same throughout.

A reviewer before me has already described the tracks in detail so I wont repeat it, and naturally there are some tracks that you will prefer, but my advice is to persevere, especially as the crescendo middle eight found in track 10 is gorgeous, and is delivered with a subtlety that Coldplay seem to have forgotten recently.

This is one of the best debut music releases I have ever heard. I can see this band getting a lot of airplay on 6 music and maybe radio2. These guys deserve success and a good set at a summer music festival or two should see them get the exposure they deserve. This is one of those releases that had the warm sound of a future favourite as soon as i started listening. As far as publicity goes I have yet to see a video or a photo of the band and already i rate them highly, so based upon the music alone, this to me is a future classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Robert O. Davidson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)

San Diego five-piece `Delta Spirit' have released one of those albums that immediately grabs your attention as being something different yet in some ways familiar. Something that you feel compelled to tell your friends about (as all good music aficionados do when they know they have unearthed a previously undiscovered gem) and play constantly in the car, on your hi-fi and on your iPod.
In these days of so much `landfill indie rock', it is reassuring to hear refreshing new music that excites and makes the hairs on the back of your neck bristle while at the same time feeling rootsy, comfortable and recognizable.
The feel of the album - Ode to Sunshine - is uplifting and full of energy, enthusiasm, great melodic hooks, jangling barroom piano and fantastic vocals. The music is a blend of styles and almost defies categorization - folk, alt-country, blues, soul, indie pop and southern rock influences are all up there in the mix. The listener will hear echoes of The Beatles (John Lennon in particular), a young Springsteen, The Libertines, Bob Dylan, The Black Keys and The Strokes. The songs overflow with a gritty blues and soul based sense of Americana, set in what is essentially a very straight-ahead uncomplicated overall sound, honed, presumably, by extensive gigging. The tight accomplished musicianship, guitar riffs and arrangements act as a perfect foil for the emotional, rasping, throaty vocals of Matthew Vasquez.
The whole thing gels beautifully as a set of songs which range from breathtaking and joyful to intense and powerful.
The sense of familiarity and anticipation is immediately apparent on the relatively short opener - `Tomorrow Goes Away'. The feel and vocal is whimsical, soft and gentle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ode to alt/country brilliance! 6 Jun 2011
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a recently new convert to Delta Spirit having first got `History From Below' and was quietly impressed. This however has moved me a whole lot more. This is one of those albums that has a cohesiveness that means the whole ensemble fits together.

The band is a four piece from Long Beach California who The Times said play `rough and ready bar room pop and alt country'. They are renowned too for being multi instrumentalists - Kelly Winrich being the main man on this front. There are so many textures and sounds that you have to concentrate to get the full benefit.

On track 4 the sumptuous `House built for two', there is what sounds like milk or beer bottles being banged at off times and this is a lament so the added acoustics of a forlorn bar really works. There are balalaikas a plenty or mandolins, I can't figure but love them both and a great piano riff on `Strange Vine', which is one of the stand out tracks.

Mathew Vasquez has one of those gravely voices that is still clear and resonant and adds to the pure and raw emotion of the songs. Stand out tracks have to be `People turn around' and `Streetwalker'. This is one of the albums that I keep coming back to and it seems to grow on me more each time. Also recommended is the recent collaboration with `Deer Tick' and `Dawes' in the shape of `supergroup' - `Middle Brother'. Alt country has found a new guardian in this gifted and brilliant quartet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
We get sent a few CDs free of charge on the Vine programme and we have to write a review. We don't want to be welchers so we want to write an in-depth substantial review for everything we receive. The problem with these albums is that they're just about okay. They plod along competently, and they're neither good or bad. And it's difficult to write a proper review for them. Even if you sit it out for a few weeks you still can't hear anything worth mentioning. None of the songs jump out, no melodies or pieces of music grips you, and no single lyric leaps out and grabs your attention. So you end up struggling to find anything to say for more than three sentences.

This is my review. There is simply nothing more I can say:
Competently performed up tempo generic rock music. Piano is usually the dominant instrument on almost all the songs and it's performed with bar-room gusto.

The singer's voice is pleasant but a bit limited in range. Unfortunately his voice isn't really up to performing the lyrics which deal with spiritual matters, which kind of demands a Van Morrison or someone who can invest real emotion into the words. The flat voice of the singer is not really suited to these spiritual words.

None of the tunes or lyrics stick in the mind after listening. Nothing leaps out and demands your full attention. The best tracks seemed to be the songs "Trashcan" and "Steetwalker".

I wouldn't recommend it but I wouldn't warn against it either. It's enjoyable enough but too workaday to inspire more than muted or indifferent appreciation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Random Wonder
I had the TV on with some mindless chatter in the background when all of a sudden Delta Spirit appeared. Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2010 by Lara Hartley
3.0 out of 5 stars samey but competent countrified debut
The cruellest point of Ode To Sunshine must be its opening track.

A fleeting, beautifully-weighted plodalong full of harmonies to sound across the catskills and a... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2009 by B. Marwood
3.0 out of 5 stars Feelgood pop US style
Hopefully this review will make it onsite, this is my third attempt! This CD is happy sounding pop (although the lyrics don't always reflect that feel when you get round to... Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2009 by A. J. Gauld
3.0 out of 5 stars Lively but mellow - a Summer album
It's difficult not to get an image of the band sitting round in a dusty, hangar-sized warehouse wearing old hats and unfastened waistcoats, stumming battered guitars and beating... Read more
Published on 14 April 2009 by Maclennane
4.0 out of 5 stars Here's to a Glorious Summer
Although I'd had this album recommended to me, I was slightly wary when Windows Media initially identified it as 'Country' (a genre hitherto absent from my library). Read more
Published on 12 April 2009 by Ben Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern-fried Sunshine
Delta Spirit bring soul to the alt.rock, alt.country party. They are equal parts Cold War Kids and healthy fascination with Gram Parsons. Read more
Published on 3 April 2009 by Gannon
4.0 out of 5 stars That's the spirit
Take a sprinkle of The Faces, Strokes, Primal Scream, Rolling Stones and a range of other apparent influences, boil in the Californian sunshine, and serve piping hot to a jaded... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2009 by S. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-executed if a tad stayed
This is a nice little album characterised by simple melodies which have been set to perfunctory but effective arrangements. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2009 by alexliamw
4.0 out of 5 stars Indie rock with great melodies and raw sound...
At the beginning of this record Delta Spirit sounds like a perfect band from the 60's, good harmonies and enjoyable melodies, to then suddenly transform into this great indie-rock... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2009 by David Calcano
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent 60s/alt country classic debut
Brilliant, brilliant debut!

Love it. Its like the best 60s style quirky guitar based pop mixed with some alt country and a flicker of soul thrown in too. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2009 by P. Sharpe
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