Release Date: Jul 16, 2013
Record label: EMI
The fourth album by Nashville's Silver Seas is as comforting and all-embracing as an expensive duvet: there are no sonic challenges, no jarring disjunctures, no confrontations, just a gorgeous, pellucid wash of soft rock, scented with eau de Fleetwood Mac. Their hometown is recognised in dashes of country colour – the weeping pedal steel on both Roxy and Wolfie, the banjo on the glorious ballad As the Crow Flies – added since their last album, Chateau Revenge. An air of melancholy hangs over the whole affair, though that is perhaps to be expected when you include a song called Sea of Regret, putting one in mind of missed opportunities, lost weekends, half-remembered loves.
Silver Seas are four adept and sweetly unshowy musicians from Nashville who've been around since 2002 but who remain underrated, perhaps because the kind of music they make - the softest-hearted soft rock - is fashionable neither in Nashville nor elsewhere. Theirs is music full of the lilt and swell and mellow melodies of 70s AOR, although they've designated this, their fourth album, as their country record. Their hometown makes itself known – lots of songs are accented with steel guitar – but the instrumentation stays delicate throughout.