Admittedly Chicago's far left of alternative folk trio Sons of The Never Wrong are an acquired taste. A sort of symphonic folk if you wish by a contemporary and way off kilter CSN (Bruce Roper, Sue Demel, Deborah Maris Lader) unafraid to twist, turn, and tumble traditional folk with a daring-do few risk.
Too many years after the exquisite Nuthatch Suite (2005), On A Good Day…I Am is yet another cohesive, loony, affirming, and heart wrenching suite where John Prine takes up residence with Laurie Anderson (while Lou Reed sulks in the corner) and the world is all the better for it. Led by Laden's delicately invincible anthems Pass It On and Painting The Boat; Roper's poetical, tight rope love song Head Over Heels and the meditative Pablo Neruda; Demel's intricate Other Things, many of the eighteen tracks epitomize the singular magic that is SOTNW: Gorgeously simple melodies and harmonies that wander around your head for days. Instrumentation that defies folky logic, ie: pedal steel, string quartets. Vocal lines that float out of nowhere, land, then flutter off into the ether.
Literate. Witty. Quirky. Rewarding. If you haven't gotten the sense of the Sons from this humble review, stop reading right now and click over to www.sons.com and give a listen. That is the true testimony. Pass it on.
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