Delta Spirit, Delta Spirit
Release date: March 13, 2012
**1/2 (Out of four)
On its third full-length album, California indie rock band Delta Spirit sounds ... different. The group's old Americana twang has been shed in favor of a heavy dose of ambient guitar. I fell in love with the band's "Friday Night Lights"-approved track "Devil Knows Your Dead," and I just couldn't find a moment that equaled that on the new self-titled release. But it wasn't all bad. Follow along with my track-by-track breakdown:
"Empty House": Line I had to rewind for: "Copper pipe is worth more than you think." Real talk, guys. Copper theft is a big issue.
"Tear It Up": Oh, you're gonna say "just tear it up" over and over? Skip.
"California": Delta Spirit used to have a lilting, stripped down, Fleet Fox-y thing going on. But this album is starting to feel like they hijacked a few new members from My Morning Jacket and Explosions in the Sky.
"Idaho": "Yeah we'll hang low/Like they do it out in Idaho." Having never been to Idaho, I cannot speak to the accuracy of these lyrics.
"Home": Dark, relatively stripped down. Matthew Vasquez's nasaly vocals (think Dylan) really shine here. I mean this as a compliment. Favorite track so far. Probably because it sounds like something off a "Friday Night Lights" episode.
"Otherside": I was fully expecting to ignore this track, but it has a fun, '60s rock vibe to it. Approved.
"Tellin' the Mind": WTF is this yelling and anger, boys? Where did this come from? Did you go through a delayed punk-appreciation phase?
"Time Bomb": Too distracted by "Grandpa reviews Delta Spirit" video on YouTube. He thought "California" was pretty good.
"Into the Darkness": Possible driving music for when you're headed to a chill drum circle sesh in like, Asheville, North Carolina.
"Money Saves": Second track I fully approve of. Loving the harmonies. Tolerating the ambient guitar builds.