Album Review: The Nightowls - "Fame Sessions" (7/10)

This is the sophomore release for the Austin, TX horn-based soul band. Products of their environment, these youngsters cut their teeth on Stax and Motown royalty. So much so, that they actually cut principal tracks at Muscle Shoals, AL’s legendary Fame studios. Tunes like “Get Up” and “Highline” will certainly inspire one to shake a tail feather. And the heartfelt sentiment of Ryan Harkrider’s vocals on the melancholy “Sad Sad Song” can’t be denied. But for all the band’s attention to authenticity and detail, some of the production seems a tad too polished. Sometimes imperfections make all the difference.

Score: 7 out of 10

The Nightowls
Fame Sessions
Nine Mile Records
Producer: The Nightowls