Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Review -- SONS OF THE NEVER WRONG -- On A Good Day ... I Am

ON A GOOD DAY … I AM
Sons of the Never Wrong
Waterbug
9.5-out-of-10
It doesn’t take a critic’s ear to hear and understand some bands are simply a cut above the norm. Sons of the Never Wrong are one of those bands.
The first clue really came before even spinning their latest disk On A Good Day … I Am.
The disk is on the Waterbug label, an American folk-centric with a well-deserved reputation for quality. This disk only reinforces that rep.
Sons of the Never Wrong are also a veteran unit in terms of American folk/pop, with this the trio’s sixth disk. That experience means crystal clear vocals, smooth harmonies and a beautiful selection of songs.
Sue Demel and Deborah Maris Lader are the female voices here, and there are times they remind a lot of the Wyrd Sisters, which for me heady praise since I adore the Wyrds. However, the Sons of the Never Wrong add another dimension with Bruce Roper giving them a male voice to compliment the female voices, and it adds depth to the music.
The trio adds piano, guitar, and at times banjo and mandolin, which sound like a bluegrass mix, but here it is far more modernist folk. In the end the label doesn’t really matter since it’s just plane excellent music.
Mention must also be made that at times the Kairos Quartet is on board adding yet another layer of texture to the music. That in itself is a nice touch, showing again the maturity of the Sons to expand their sound as needed.
The disk has 14 cuts, and mixes in another four short interlude cuts for variety, and quite frankly every one of them works.
The lyrics tell stories, sometimes heartfelt, sometimes whimsical, but always one you are glad the Sons took the time to share.
If you are even remotely a fan of folk, or just a lover of good music, this one should be marked as must have material. Totally fantastic.
Check it out at www.sons.com
— CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 2, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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