Written By: Darwin Green
Label: Rock Ridge Music – Rating:
If ever you find that you need help remembering that the countryside and the Heartland of America still exists, if ever the big cities trap you and close off any memories of the large vast plains that comprises the majority of America where people sit out in lawn chairs next to their trucks to sip on beer and find inner tubing as just another leisurely activity, then put this album on.
Sister Hazel on this album carries people over to the states in America where Country is not just another type of music. It takes one to a place where it’s the only kind of music.
With veins of pop influence coursing through its melodies and lyrics, it’s still not a far cry from cow-tipping and dirty, smoky bars with sawdust on the floor. If the Goo Goo Dolls ever decided to take on country, Sister Hazel would hold their hand. It’s the type of music to fall in love under the stars to, where seldom is catchiness a discouraging word, and the sky is not cloudy all day.
Keeping on the sunny side of life, Sister Hazel illuminates the fun times as a reason to celebrate, and the bad times as a force to reckon with. Love conquers all, sentimentality reigns supreme, and nothing can stop the overwhelming surges of joyousness that pervades the album from the first bar onwards.
Like Sister Hazel? Then you might like Darius Rucker, Goo Goo Dolls, Brandon Stanley.