Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (from the album Turn Off the News (Build a Garden) available on Fantasy Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
Turn off the News (Build a Garden),the latest from Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real plays it heavy on a Countrified brand of soulful Rhythm and Blues. It is a style that suits Turn off the News (Build a Garden)just fine. Light on the Rock and even lighter on hints of twang where Lukas Nelson’s voice sounds more and more like his father Willie, it is an exploration of Roots music with clean playing and reflective lyrics. “Bad Case” opens Turn off the News (Build a Garden)with slight jangle pop followed by the title track, where Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real state ‘hatred is a symptom of the times, lost in these uneducated blues’. Backed on vocals by Sheryl Crow, “Turn Off the News” provides some of the best suggestion of this year, 2018, or the last three years, with the simple advice of ‘turn off the news and build a garden with me’.
“Save a Little Heartache” kicks off with guitar that is slightly Psychedelic and a hint of Funk giving way to more Rootsy funky riffs in “Lotta Fun” where Lukas Nelson claims ‘life is heaven, life is hell, I don’t trust computers anymore, gonna buy a little weed in the marijuana store’. A sage slice of wisdom from an apple that didn’t fall far from the tree. “Out in LA” is beautiful in its lazy delivery, a song where the narrator laments being ‘out on the road’ while his girl is ‘out on the town’. The charm of Turn off the News (Build a Garden)is its subtle groove, where as a growing rock band, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real provides you with what essentially is a laid-back listen.
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