The Cave Singers – Welcome Joy

August 16, 2009

cavesingersWelcome Joy, the second album from Seattle based band the Cave Singers, hits on an appealing mix of folk and Americana by way of Neil Young and My Morning Jacket, and classic rock by way of Fleetwood Mac. In fact, the latter influence, specifically Lindsay Buckingham’s, is so pronounced on some tracks, it’s as if Buckingham had formed a folk rock band. Of course, I mean this as a compliment, since Buckingham is a master musician. The music on Welcome Joy has a traditional sound to it, but it’s also inventive and diverting enough to distinguish itself from the large numbers of bands now working along a similar line. The lyrics are earnest and affirmative without being corny or cliched, which is refreshing in itself. All in all, this is a solid, enjoyable album, recommended especially for fans of folk and rock. Standout cuts: “Summer Light,” “In The Cut,” “Beach House” and “I Don’t Mind.”


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