Bloodkin : Baby, They Told Us We Would Rise Again

bloodkin_bttowwra.jpgBaby, They Told Us We Would Rise Again is the latest release from Athens, Georgia’s Bloodkin.  Although the line up has varied somewhat over the years, the core foundation of  singer-songwriters Daniel Hutchens and Eric Carter remain, supported now by David Nickel on base, Aaron Philips on drums, and Eric Martinez on guitar. The album is perhaps somewhat symbolic for the band’s history as a whole:  there are a few hits and a few misses, but the overall style is undeniably gritty guitar-rock.  And although producer Dave Barbe has a good rapport with the band and has helped them turn out great albums in the past, the finished product here is not quite as tight and crisp as some of their earlier efforts.

“Easter Eggs” serves as the title song to the album and is carried by a nice hook and a good vocal harmony. “Rhododendron” is more pensive, with a dreamy flow and long, breezy feel providing a contrast to some of the harder-edged songs on the album.  “Heavy With Child” and “Little Margarita” are frolicking upbeat numbers that are easy to enjoy. “Summertime in Georgia” is also a particularly easy-going ode to road trips, summer love, and jalapeño honey.

On the down side, “Ghost Runner” and “Place To Crash” are dark and brooding, very much in Bloodkin’s style; however, they don’t really work on this album. “My Name Is Alice” is ironically titled and sung by Carter, boasting a sing-songey country/western style that just doesn’t compliment the rest of the material.

Overall “Baby, They Told Us We Would Rise Again” is a good Bloodkin album, but not one of their very best. Seasoned Bloodkin fans will definitely want to check it out, although those unfamiliar with their music might find Creeperweed or Ravin’ Beauties to be a better introduction to their sound and style.

Baby, They Told Us We Would Rise Again is out now on SCI Fidelity Records.

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