Sharp and Melodious Alt. Country Rockers For the Discerning Music Fan.
When I received this I remembered previously ‘liking’ the Cordovas ……. but couldn’t quite ‘place them’ so did a bit of research on the website’s Back Pages and ….. AHA! It was a live review from 2018; and I was correct; I had liked them.
So with a tinge of excitement I pressed ‘play’ and SHAZAAM!
I was instantly whisked back to the late 1970’s; when Country Rock was all over the airwaves and what little spare money I had was squandered on albums by Little Feet, Allman Brothers, The Band and The Eagles too …… none of that snarling Punk Rock for me.
Opening track High on The Rail is as timeless as it’s contemporary; which is not meant to be a misnomer; as The Cordovas have taken all of the good things from those bands I name checked; put them in a Moulinex blender and come up with as cool a Summer Soundtrack as you are going to hear in October on the Eve of an Apocalypse.
Here at RMHQ we hear a lot of albums trying to tap into this style of Country Rock; but very few come anywhere near the quality that The Cordovas produce on Afraid No More and Warm Farewells, which when played loud(ish) come dangerously close to giving you a sensory overload and leave you feeling like you’re a little bit sloppy drunk, without ever taking a taste of alcohol.
Loving this album as I now do, I’m left wondering where it fits into the current world of media; social and actual. I can only think of two UK Internet radio shows that will comfortably fit Rain on The Rail and Man In My Head into their playlists; and maybe a couple in the US a friend listens to too; but National Radio?
Not a chance; and don’t even mention TV …… these cats are too cool for any TV shows I’m aware of.
But there’s always me, you, our friends and the age old ‘word of mouth’ isn’t there?
Aha! You ask, what though is the RMHQ Favourite Track?
It’s not been easy as nearly every song here has its merits and has had me either singing along or at the very least tapping a toe or two (plus when no one was watching I even played Air Guitar to one song!) but … ta da……. it’s between The Game, which is the type of track that’s absolutely perfect for long car journeys (think: The Doobie Bros. or Eagles) and the more laid groove of I’ma Be Me with its neat choppy guitars is a bit different from everything else here and therefore wins a very tightly run musical race.
DESTINY HOTEL is a good ole fashioned Long Player, the type you put on the stereo and sit back and listen to; rather than the type of thing that people flit in and out of on the streaming sites. Of course I could be wrong; but I doubt it …… this is music for Real Music Fans.
It’s all here; harmonies so thick and delicious you want to eat them with a spoon; short sharp and liquid gold guitar playing; occasional mandolin and organ (of the Garth Hudson variety) a bass player who barely touches his strings, and when he does it sounds like there’s ‘thunder in them thar hills’ plus a machine gun drummer who occasionally becomes a sharp shot sniper too; and even a ‘live’ or ‘one take’ feel to the whole album.
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Released USA October 16th 2020
Released UK & Europe October 23rd 2020