Words are few and far between to describe this band live. It has been years since I have been so entertained, recognizing quickly that they are leaving nothing to chance, squeezing out every ounce of energy, leaving nothing left when they walk off the stage. Their legs seem weak while hearts are pumping in double time both for the band and audience. The only thought after witnessing this extra performance is where we can get some recorded material.
Sadly, at the show the band had run out of CD's which left those of us less familiar with the band scrambling to talk with those who had the latest release. I spoke briefly with two fans who talked about the impact the release had on them but I would only find the impressive energy at the live shows.
Immediately upon arriving at home in the wee hours of the morning I found the MP3 tracks available on Amazon.com. The purchase was complete, my eyes could barely stay awake but I needed to listen in the dark with eyes closed while visions of the live show passed by. The powerful show is less felt on the recording but opens the door for an incredible music experience. "Americana", the new category of music, picks up where true folkies left off in the mid-seventies. KINGSLEY FLOOD is the best band to represent this category lyrically as well as musically.
"Back to the Back" starts off Dust Windows , setting the ambiance and letting the listener forgive the journey this release will take them on. By the time track 4, "Good Enough", hits the headphones / ear-buds, you will be hooked while this song channels BOB DYLAN / BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN vocally and sets the stage for the reminder of the CD. "Stoop Cats" brings the New Orleans Jazz sound into the new millennium, using the violin in combination with the banjo. The instrumental section with the addition of Chris Barrett 's trumpet pushes the listener even deeper into Jazz that has over the years been diluted in digital synth.
"Devils Arms" is the best track on the CD, but this is not to in any way negate the rest of the songs. This brings the memory of Naseem Khuri 's blood vessels about to explode from his neck while delivering each line with emotional energy that is lacking in today's Top 40 in any musical category. Vermont clearly put the band in a mindset that is reflective in every track wherever upbeat or subtly quiet. Recording in Vermont surrounded the band with everything they needed to write and record a complete and balanced CD.
"Roll of the Dice" has the darker guitar chords that give the song a ghost town imagination. This track explores some shooter guitar work that is not overdone leaving fans wanting to hear more. Boston has truly grown a pair where this band is concerned; now we wait for the next live date coming our way followed by thoughts of a future recording that needs to bring some of the live show enthusiasm into the songs. Is it possible to convert all that energy into a recorded sound? Only time will tell …