Whiskey Myers - Whiskey Myers Album Review
Following the success of their music being featured on hit American drama ''Yellowstone'', the band have created their most well rounded album to date. With a blend of 'Skynrd inspired hard rock and the more mellow, classic, country rock songs Whiskey Myers fans are accustomed to, this album truly has something for everyone.
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Following the success of their music being featured on hit American drama ”Yellowstone”, the band have created their most well rounded album to date.

 

Following the success of their music being featured on hit American drama ”Yellowstone”, the band have created their most well rounded album to date. With a blend of ‘Skynrd inspired hard rock and the more mellow, classic, country rock songs Whiskey Myers fans are accustomed to, this album truly has something for everyone. This album comes off the back of the bands 2016 album ”Mud” which saw them reach new heights in terms of both touring and chart success. Having played on the main stage at Download Festival 2018 and having opened for The Rolling Stones earlier this year, the band needed to add to that momentum with a memorable album. They did just that.

The album opens with a bang going straight in with the aggressive and sharp ”Die Rockin’ ”. The band clearly want to send a message of intent with this song highlighting their musical development and willingness to evolve from album to album. As briefly mentioned above however, ‘Myers still retain some of their classic sound with ‘Rolling Stone’ for example being very much of the same ilk as 2011’s ”Broken Window Serenade”. Both are ballads with heart felt lyrics and stripped back, harmonica filled, slide guitar throughout, and both leave a lasting impression being the most memorable songs from their individual albums respectively.

Whiskey Myers have grown as a band, lyrically the band has always created thought provoking songs. But this album is certainly the most well structured in both musical and songwriting terms. The perfectly blended gospel backing vocals in songs like ”Bad Weather” compliment the guitar solo’s and mellow lead vocals in a way that makes this album stand out from any of their past work.

It is by far the bands most complete album. I can’t find anything to critique in regards to many of the songs. Like almost all albums though there is some less than inspired songs. ”Running” is quite bland when compared to the rest of the album. It seems as though it was added in merely to make up the numbers which is disappointing as every other song feels like it belongs and serves a purpose to the album.

Mid album, the band continue with the attitude and more hard hitting rock vibes with songs ”Bitch” and ”Gasoline” respectively. These songs wouldn’t sound out of place on a Black Stone Cherry album which goes to show just how far the genre boundaries have been pushed in this latest album by ‘Myers. Both are distortion filled and have much heavier drums than almost any other Whiskey Myers song. The raspy, impassioned vocals on these tracks grab your attention from the second they kick in. These songs are placed perfectly mid album to maintain your attention and are the best choices to follow the more traditional and down to earth ”Rolling Stone”.

 

Continuing the more traditional country vibes from previous albums is ”Houston County Sky” which is a pleasant and welcomed throwback to the bands roots after several heavier songs. This song would not feel out of place on the bands 2011 album ”Firewater”. But that isn’t a bad thing. This song is a tip of the hat to their roots musically. Towards the end of the album we have ”California to Caroline” which is very much inspired by the forefathers of country rock, it sounds as though it’s been plucked straight from the 70’s which is by no means a complaint. It’s a compliment to the band and their writing ability. ”Little More Money” is a traditional country rock ballad, once again utilising, powerful, raspy and emotion fueled lead vocals complimented by guitar solos and well balanced backing vocals to complete the full sound, this song stands out with ”Rolling Stone” and ”Bad Weather” in regards to how well they are wrote.

 

Whiskey Myers have achieved a great deal of success in the past couple of years and I strongly believe that this album will only push them further into the top echelon of country rock bands out there today. The only way is up for Whiskey Myers. If you enjoy the music of The Cadillac Three or Blackberry Smoke then I highly recommend checking this band out. With hard rocking hits, bluesy riffs, gospel inspired backing vocals, slide guitars, traditional country ballads and classic country rock tracks throughout, this new album is everything you could want from the band. This album is a statement. It’s a message to anyone who will listen. This band is ready to be a dominant force on the country scene. And this album is the icing on the cake.

 

Track list: 1. Die Rockin 2. Mona Lisa 3. Rolling Stone 4. Bitch 5. Gasoline 6. Bury My Bones 7. Glitter Ain’t Gold 8. Houston County Sky 9. Little More Money 10. California to Caroline 11. Kentucky Gold 12. Running 13. Hammer 14. Bad Weather

Record label: Spinefarm Records

Credit Spinefarm Records

Release date: 27th September 2019

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