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4.0 out of 5 stars The Wild Feathers - Takin it easy, 20 Aug 2013
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This review is from: The Wild Feathers (Audio CD)
This is good old fashioned Heartland Rock which pays homage to bands like the Allmans, Black Crowes, The Eagles and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The Wild Feathers are: Taylor Burns - Lead Vocals/Electric Guitar, Ricky Young - Lead Vocals/Acoustic Guitar, Joel King - Lead Vocals/Bass, Preston Wimberly - Vocals/Lead Guitar and Ben Jarvis - Percussion. They hail from Nashville and they are brilliant in terms of channelling heartland rock into a fresh sounding approach which demands a brightly lit highway and a pair of Raybans. The more attentive Amazon reader will also notice that the band in effect have 4 lead vocalists and all write songs. When all the elements come together it works very well. Their single "The Ceiling" is a joyous example of the the type of seventies rock that colonised FM radio in the States and led to the possession of Lear Jets for its perpetrators. It is full of gorgeous high harmonies and wide open chords, the type of music that will sell by British Imperial Measure of the "shedload". With song titles like "Left my woman" you sort of get the drift of the subject matter they cover and this song brings flooding back the memories of the great "Desperado" heyday of Glenn Frey and Don Henley as the Feathers head off in the pursuit of Rock `n' Roll glory. Further tracks worth checking out include the funky rock "I can have you", the crunchy riffs of "Hard Wind" and the joie de vivre of "Backwoods Company". Unfortunately other songs such as "I'm alive" are straight out of the Tom Petty mould and on times the band are in danger of not so much wearing influences on their sleeve as sounding like karaoke.

As a debut album "The Wild Feathers" shows real promise, but two points should be noted. Paying homage to your illustrious forebears is a well worn path which many new bands follow, yet in future releases it would be good to see Wild Feathers develop a clearer identity and seek a more distinctive voice. The biggest weakness however is the bands lyrics which need work often falling back on the use of cliched imagery and rudimentary basic rhyming. But let us end on a positive note since there are some clear signs here that a potentially great American band is in the making. They are certainly not there yet but The Wild Feathers are a band to watch and this album is worth the investment of your time and money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got it right, 21 Aug 2013
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One of the finest first albums for many a year. Four vocalists, a fine range of material - you can tell they've worked hard to polish this first release. Their influences are well documented, but they've delivered an original, sparkling album, already on my Best of 2013 list.
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