Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors – “Good Light”

by | Mar 26, 2013 | Country, Indie Rock, Reviews

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
Good Light
Nashville, TN
(Magnolia Music)

“Fingerpickin’ good tunes with perfect harmonies”

There’s a moment early in “Another Man’s Shoes,” the opening track off Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors’ new album, when listeners will realize they’re going to be in good hands for the rest of Good Light. It might be Holcomb’s laid back, yet on-point, vocals. It could be the simple, catchy guitar melody. Or, it might be Holcomb’s wife Elli’s perfect harmonies. But it’s probably the whole package: the sense that this is a band with chops who can write a really good song.

And there are a lot of really good songs on Good Light. From the smooth, clean-toned electric vibe of “Nothing But Trouble” to the finely fingerpicked “What Would I Do Without You,” Holcomb and his band deliver on song after song. Even the ambitious, intense finale of “A Place To Lay My Head” succeeds, in part because it’s so unexpected. A singer/songwriter album with some teeth and not just coffeehouse mellow is always welcome.

Holcomb has made a name for himself with numerous TV placements off his previous album, Chasing Someday, and there are plenty of songs here that may well end up on the small screen. But Good Light is more than just background fodder. It’s a well-crafted album that gets better with every listen. It’s better than good.

Produced by Andy Hunt
Co-Produced by Nathan Dugger
Recorded at Ardent Studio A, Memphis