A Folk Music Surprise
Posted November 04, 2017
By JJFrancesco_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Tooth & Nail has been known for years for launching some of the most beloved of rock bands in the biz. But with The Welcome Wagon on their imprint Gospel Songs, the label expands their horizons with one of their most adventurous stylistic ventures yet.
On their latest album Light Up the Stairs, The Welcome Wagon explores a folk sound that overflows with throwbacks to musical eras past. Tracks like "Lamb of God" exemplify the band's atmospheric approach, in this case taking lines of the Agnus Dei and adding in lush folk musical backing to uplift the prayer into a full musical outing. As self-taught musicians, the husband and wife duo buck more corporate musical styling and offer a more original and intimate musical approach. Different musical surprises, like accordion, sprinkle themselves throughout the songs, making for an unpredictable ride. Lead single "All These Trees" even manages to sound like a classic rock ditty.
Fans of many of the classic Tooth & Nail bands are unlikely to be the target demographic for this collection of songs, but with a new sound comes the chance for an expansion of the Tooth & Nail brand with Gospel Songs to include some bold new directions. And fans of folk/pop may find a new artist to welcome to their musical rotation.
The Bottom Line: A folksy surprise, The Welcome Wagon offers listeners an authentic and vibrant musical outing that should resonates with those who prefer the more intimate and intricate side of recorded music.
For Fans Of: "All Sons & Daughters," "Future of Forestry," "Ghost Ship"
Song to Download Now:
"All These Trees" (Get it on iTunes here.)
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