The Likes Of Us – Roots & Wings
The Likes Of Us chooses an authentic approach with its jazz pop feel of “Roots & Wings”. With a warmth courtesy of eschewing any synthesized sound, the songs have an intimacy to them. At times the group harks back to the joy of the big-band sound, while at others they delve into a visceral form of Americana. Over the course of the album The Likes Of Us prove to be adept storytellers, weavings thoughtful narratives throughout. Indeed, the true soul comes from the impassioned vocals which soar up to the heavens.
Not a moment is wasted with the opener “It Ain’t Over”. Featuring a defiant attitude the track works itself into a glorious stomping rhythm. “Shake Me” chooses a gentler approach, letting everything have a hushed, revenant quality. Resonant piano work carries the regal “Swing Low” with such grace, revealing their ear for melody. A cinematic quality defines the quiet celebration of “Down By The River”. Playfulness infuses itself into the very core of “Red Dirt” where vocals have a communal presence to them, as it constantly zooms out revealing ever greater features. Easily the highlight of the album the title track “Roots & Wings” opts for a chamber pop approach, as the song has a timeless classic quality to it. Perfectly closing the album, the tenderness of “Remember Us” harkens back to an earlier time, as the majesty of the song comes from how its patience results in a beautiful payoff for its glistening finale.
With “Roots & Wings” The Likes Of Us builds up things using the essentials resulting in a sound that is full of soul.