One Mile An Hour by One Mile An Hour (9.5/10):Headed by Jeff Kightly’s hauntingly beautiful vocals, One Mile An Hour is an incredibly impressive debut album. The self-produced album sets forth an ethereal tone that draws the listener deeper into the carefully crafted lyrics. At some points on the album, I am reminded of Simon and Garfunkel (particularly on “Sunken Ships”), Ray Lamontagne (as on “Trouble’s Roots”) and even of Bon Iver. But do not be fooled, these guys do not fall into the trap of trying to copy the success of others; there is a uniqueness about this album that sets it apart from others.
One Mile An Hour
Normally, I try to say what my favorite songs on the album are so that you readers can check those out first, but I really can’t choose a favorite for this album. The only song that really doesn’t tickle my fancy is “Nine Eight” if only for the fact that I’m not a fan of instrumental songs and this one is about 9 hours long (that may be a bit of an exaggeration, it’s only 10 minutes long). Overall, I think that the album is masterfully crafted and could be at the top of the folk charts. I hope that these guys get the credit that they deserve for this album that is easily within my favorites that I’ve discovered this year.
According to drummer Andy Brown, “Jack is a relatively young singer-songwriter who plays and sounds like an older more seasoned artist. Maybe it is because he grew up listening to a lot of Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Tom Petty, Hank Williams, etc. As he got older his musical tastes and influences expanded. He was and is still quite the Weezer fan.”
The band as a whole has a pretty interesting sound overall, but what appeals to me the most is the clever lyrics that are often pretty humorous.
The 5 song album as a whole is a nice effort put forth, but “Homeboyz” and “Postal” are really standouts that make me think this band could do very well if only a few more people gave them a listen. “Homeboyz” has comical lyrics that force you to crack a smile no matter what mood you’re in. “Postal” is a tune that really draws you in; as you listen to the song, the lyrics really strike you in a cool way.
Formed in 2010 in Louisville, Beady is a promising new folk band incorporating an energetic and often uplifting musical style. In 2012, they released their first label-backed album, Youngest Days. Drawing heavily on the folk and alt-country scene, Beady is part of the new-found popular appreciation for folk and country music at times resembling a toned-down version Trampled by Turtles and other times like a raucous incarnation of Bright Eyes.
Beginning with the heartwarming and calming track, “Train Man”, the album never gives up the upbeat tone even when the lyrics tell a very different story. “April Showers” reminds me of the Bright Eyes song, “First Day of My Life,” in the way that it is a touching love song using metaphor to proclaim affection (though it is admittedly much faster paced).
My favorite song on the album is “Hickory Desk.” The simple beauty of the song is captivating and you just want to hold a loved one under your arm. I could definitely see this song becoming popular if only more people could hear it.
Overall, the album is a commendable and polished effort from a (currently) undiscovered band. You’ll be tapping your fingers along with this one and having a good time. I would definitely say that this is a good purchase for any folk fan.