Hear the Rivers – Greenleaf
Album: Hear the Rivers
Artist: Green Leaf
Sub-Genres: #alt, #softrock, #synthrock
Label: Napalm Records
Non-Airable Tracks: 3
Napalm Records is normally a decent label and is pretty consistent with what they put out. Green Leaf is definitely a Napalm Records band but the quality or wow factor I normally look for is not there.
This album is definitely soft rock, reminiscent of anti-war rock or folk rock. It has some synth elements to the vocals and is pretty predictable in its drumming. This album is fun and has jam band elements to it but it is not revolutionary or groundbreaking. Honestly, this album is perfect for either an alternative show or a metal show. I really enjoyed listening to this album in the car because it’s mellow yet still rock.
The drums really drive the whole album and glue the different musicians together. Simple yet effective drumming is sometimes all an album needs to put it above the others. Guitar and bass are decent, leaning more on the psychedelic side of rock. The lyrics are well performed but also beautifully written and have a deeper meaning once you sit down and listen harder.
Overall, this is a fun album to play and maybe good filler for a DJ to start or end their show with. Track lengths are pretty average, I would just avoid Track 5 as it is over 6 minutes long. The focus track, track 4 “Good Ol’ Goat” is pretty fun and a nice jam. This album was well made, produced and recorded but at the end of the day – I don’t think I’ll remember much from this album. So its fun and nice but not memorable.
Sounds Like: Depeche Mode, White Stripes, Imagine Dragons, Rolling Stones
Track 4: Good Ol’ Goat (3:15) – harder than other tracks, probably the best song on the album and it has kinda goofy lyrics.
Track 8: In the Caverns Below (4:12) – more of a synth rock song, good for an Alt show.
Reviewer’s Name: Craig Diamond
Date of Review: 11/3