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The Deslondes (from the album Ways & Means available on New West Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
The Deslondes like the grit. Their latest, Ways & Means, isn’t polished whatsoever, and for the New Orleans-based band, that model is their strong suit. Some laidback R&B and Lo-Fi Rock’n’Roll all delivered nice in a Roots Rock package. Ways & Means is a solid offering from a Americana outfit that keeps great company.
The album opener in “Good to Go” is lazy and loose, where organ-gospel keyboards kick off a doing-all-right, laid-back groover. That easy groove continues on the title track, the band joined by Margo Price. “South Dakota Wild One” is packed with that Roots-Western noir vibe and “Howl at the Moon” finds the band dipping into Indie Rock territory.
And the hits keep coming.
“Home Again” is visual, a lovely look at home in all its wonderfully broken down glory, making home so special, “Wild Eden” has a weird Roots Rock cocktail vibe, “Tomorrow Morning” dances on the edge of a Psychedelic Pop neighborhood, and “Sweet Release” finds The Delsondes exercising killer harmonies.
The closing cut, “Hero”, is another mellow cut that is part psych, part weird Bluesy Soul; all great sonics with those keys kicking in to find a way to end the record.
The strength of Ways & Means is the abundance of so many great songs! The Deslondes drop one keeper after another, 14 cuts chock full of goodness. There’s no mystery to the melodies, no ambiguity to the lyrics, Ways & Means is a record that doesn’t have any points higher than another, it is all, one song after the next, straightforward rifghteousness. Look for this to be on best-of in December of 2022. (by Bryant Liggett)
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