In The Middle Of It is 14 songs* long, and clocks in at over 50 minutes. On it, Waterdeep serves up a wide variety of sounds: from acoustic folk, to electronic-synth-laden pop rock; from violins & nylon string guitars to fuzzed-out electrics & gang punk hollers. Something for everyone, and plenty of music to leave you satisfied.
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Waterdeep, nee Don & Lori Chaffer, offer up another eclectic collection of alt-indie musical goodness on their latest: In The Middle Of It. As with most of their recent forays, Waterdeepís music continues to be an inventive mixed bag of avant-garde alternative, stylish synthesized indie/punk and beautiful, acoustical folk rock.
And while the bandís music is a refreshing potpourri of styles, so to their lyrics can move from the subtly sardonic, carry a playful amount of whimsy or take to deep musings. The Chafferís retain a masterful skill of creating an undeniable bond between their songs and the head/heart of the listener.
The mister and missus take turns on vocals, with Lori channeling her inner Chrissy Hynde & Debbie Harry. Don does what heís been doing for years- creating amazingly deep and broad palettes that serve as memorably lush sonic settings for each song. And though Waterdeep does not easily lend itself to neat pigeon-holing, it's a safe bet that if Derek Webb, Iron & Wine, Sara Groves, Sufjan Stevens, The Beauty Pill and/or The Decemberists appeal to your taste, you'll be thoroughly caught up In The Middle Of It.