Vetiver – Tight Knit

February 26, 2009

vetiverSinger/songwriter Andy Cabic’s band Vetiver makes the kind of sudden leap forward that Okkervil River made with their dual release, The Stage Names and The Stand Ins: From the opening notes of the gorgeous opener, “Rolling Sea,” to the moody closer, “To The Forest Edge,” their fourth album Tight Knit is so focused, assured and just plain inspired that it has the makings of a future classic. The ten songs are a seamless mix of folk, country, psychedelic rock, blues with a bit of soul thrown in, with echoes of Bob Dylan, the Band, the Grateful Dead and contemporaries Son Volt and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, among other influences. Though easygoing folk rock takes up most of the album, there are a couple of nicely timed rock numbers, “Everyday” and “More Of This,” and one slow burning blues funk influenced number, “Another Reason To Go,” to change things up a bit. An early highlight of 2009, Tight Knit is a career best for Vetiver, and it’s definitely recommended listening. Standout cuts: “Rolling Sea,” “Everyday,” “More Of This” and “Strictly Rule.”

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