The Wild Feathers: Lonely Is a Lifetime

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Posted April 19, 2016 by in Rock
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Rating

Overall
 
 
 
 
 

3.5/ 5

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Genre: Rock
 
Producer: Jay Joyce
 
Label: Warner Bros.
 
Format: Digital download, compact disc, vinyl
 
Time: 48"35
 
Release Date: 11 March 2016
 
Spin This: "Overnight," "Goodbye Song," "Happy Again"
 

Pros:

"Goodbye Song" is truly worth checking out; versatility and newer style choices highlighted
 

Cons:

Missing some of the fire showcased on their debut LP
 

Although mild instead of wild, the sophomore album by Nashville rock band still shows off versatile skill

by J Matthew Cobb
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Although mild instead of wild, the sophomore album by Nashville rock band still shows off versatile skill

wildfeathers-01Southern rock, even fusions of it, are highly prevalent on the surface of mainstream music now. Nashville rock band The Wild Feathers is riding that upswing now thanks to their sophomore album on Warner Bros, Lonely Is a Lifetime. The offering, once again produced by Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant), opens with adrenaline-filled performances and hefty radio nuggets like the combustible opener “Overnight,” “Sleepers” and the dreamy mid-tempo “Don’t Ask Me to Change.” Then comes the eight-minute, melancholic “Goodbye Song,” clearly the album’s mountaintop moment. For something this rewarding, it’s a shame it plays so early in the album. Sounding off as track three, the band gives off an orgasm of rock channeling Allman Brothers jamming and even psychedelic glimpses inside Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.” Both Joel King and Ricky Young carry the verses and shines light on the memorable chorus: “You got the money, you got the drugs, I got the time.” Then Taylor Burns comes in like a tornado, shredding in full force as if he’s possessed by ‘70’s Southern rock gods.

Much of Lonely Is a Lifetime dials things back some from the combustible, raw energy that exalted the Wild Feathers into orbit on their eponymous debut. It’s more mild than wild. Avett Brothers-esque acoustic folk (“Lonely Is a Lifetime”), country-tinged pop (“Help Me Out”) and feelgood classic rock (“Happy Again”) are scattered throughout the eleven-track set. To their credit, the album displays a more versatile band honing in on crossover potential. You can sense their yearnings in the sunny sing-a-long sounds of “Into the Sun” and in their best Bob Dylan tracings on “Hallelujah.” All of this may disappoint those who miss the rowdy, blistering Southern-spiced heartland rock of “Backwoods Company,” “The Ceiling” and “I’m Alive,” but the ambition to become the next great American rock band is still in sight. They know what sounds work best on them; they add a few of those cuts into their catalog on this round. They also aren’t afraid to add a few new notches to their musical template. While thinking on what’s best for their live sets, the Wild Feathers deserves one or two ballads and radio-friendly pop/rock gems to balance things out. In the end, these experiments and even the softer sides add a bit more dexterity to what most now expect from them.

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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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