A rebellious, righteous southern rock reign supreme throughout the Boondock Boys’ deeply felt “Another Shade of Blue”. Their storytelling ability proves to be unparalleled for the narratives have a lived-in, fully experienced quality about them. Detail abounds, right down to the exact geography of place, giving it a true love for its surroundings. Vocals imbue these pieces with life making sure that every verse matter, building off the last. Nor do they stick to one genre – though rooted in the southern rock tradition, they bring elements of hip-hop, pop, folk, and more into a singular stream of consciousness approach.
They go for a sense of the pure, the unhinged, right down to the vocal delivery. Quite thoughtfully, they bring to mind an old favorite of mine – Modest Mouse, especially in terms of how they allow things to get a bit more chaotic than expected. Doubling down on the energy works wonders for them, for there is something so real about it. Beyond this, the bluesy core at the heart of these offers a far different approach, one that chooses an unstable path akin to some of Captain Beefheart’s powerful dabbling and brought to the breaking point compositions.
Fiery guitar licks set the tone on the colossal opener “Free Time”. With the keyboards in just the right place to the vocals that rise above it, there is a genteel defiance to the whole thing, one that feels doubly refreshing. A more cinematic approach takes shape with “Memories of Gold” for on this one they allow the song a tremendous buildup. On the smallest of notes, they gradually expand their sonic palette to incorporate so much vibrant energy. Exploring the importance of faith comes the communal presence of “Stingray”. Kaleidoscopic the many patterns intermingle in a way that feels so vivid.
“Just Believe” features a strong optimism, one with the driving rhythm underpinning the whole of the work. There is a wide-open spacious quality behind it, with the guitar riffs intertwining into a virtual tapestry of sound. Tender love reigns supreme over the commanding presence of “What You Do to Me”. A love song with soul, they sing straight from the heart in a way that has a refreshing quality. Neatly bringing it all home is the freewheeling “Getting in the Groove” which neatly summarizes everything that came before it.
The Boondock Boys go for a powerful punchy sound on the all-encompassing spirit of “Another Shade of Blue”.