Top positive review
High Water 1 is full of highlights.
11 August 2018
I was fortunate enough to have received the record fairly early in the day, so I wasted no time in trying out the new tunes that I have been looking forward to with quite some anticipation after loving last year's debut album of mainly covers.
"High Water 1" is a step in the direction of a band that has a clear collective vision, stripping down the line-up considerably from the last album, leaving just six awesome musicians. As this is their debut of their own material to a very expecting audience (assuming you might just be a long time fan of The Black Crowes), this double vinyl effort does not disappoint. I've listened to the album four times during the course of the day, allowing time fo the melodies to take their hooks in, and there is plenty. Needless to say, the single "Send Me An Omen" is an obvious highlight, but there is more than just rocking southern dirty hooks.. "Walk On Water" will have you humming along the words with a sensation of floating, while the next tune "Hand in Hand" delivers an honest old blues vibe comparible to "Down Town Money Waster". Putting it lightly, if you are an admirer of the Robinson brothers work, then you'll find this to record to be an album worth getting. John Hoggs vocals fit effortlessly into the songs like a voice you've always known and liked. I could go on about the material song for song.. but this is a record that you should discover and enjoy without too many spoliers.
As for the actual translucent vinyls themselves, I am very pleased to say that the sound quality holds up just fine. No background noises, bumps, skips, pops, or anything else I could really complain about there. I pllayed the record at a healthy loud volume the first two times. Returned home a few hours later, and played quiter again each time twice more, and found the mastering and mixing is great at all levels of practical playback.
The gatefold cover is quite lovely too. Definately something to enjoy while loving the sounds!