Album, Single and EP Reviews


  Good Light by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Good Light cover art

Artist: Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
Title: Good Light
Catalogue Number: Magnolia Music
Review Format: CD
Release Year: 2013

I’m in a festival kind of mood and that means I need a fix of blue collar sentimentality such as that provided by Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors and their album “Good Light” is about as good a source as you will likely get.

With deeply earnest words much to the fore, Drew Holcomb evokes times past in a suitably convincing manner in both “Tennessee” and the subtly duetted “The Wine We Drink”. It’s that wholesome Americana thing, of course, but, this time around, it’s a convincing and professional take upon that rightly maligned genre and you might even find yourself singing along to the laidback summer groove of “Nothing But Trouble” or, God forbid, even dancing to “Nothing Like A Woman”.

It seems appropriate at this point to consider a comparison and that mush of decaying grey matter between my ears made a somewhat surprising synaptic connection with no less than Deacon Blue. Yes, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors could well be boarding that ship called Dignity to sail to a festival near you. You will be waiting on the dock, won’t you?

Review Date: July 28 2013