Truth & Salvage Co.
Pick Me Up
Producer: Jon Ashley
Total Rating: 9 of 10
This is the second album for the decidedly American sextet that seems to blend all the enduring elements of southern rock, west coast rock, traditional country and the like in a seamless manner. The album title is most apt as the music, indeed, does serve as a “pick-me-up.” The songs are upbeat and celebratory, with soaring harmonies and earnest performances. “Silver Lining” sets the pace early, with pulse quickening rhythms and intricate guitar/keyboard interplay. “Island” has a familiar Allman Brothers feel, with plaintive lyrics that can’t be denied. Their choice of Joe South’s “Games People Play” is not only a natural one, but the trade-offs on lead vocals kick the song up a notch. Also noted are the classic New Orleans vibe of “So Sad” and the heartfelt sentimentality of “Appalachian Hilltop.”
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