The Wild Feathers are back with their new album called ‘Greetings From the Neon Frontier’. It is the band’s third studio album and it is a band that has quickly become a favorite of mine. So my review might be slightly tainted as they can do no wrong in my book.
Who are the Wild Feathers you might ask. The Wild Feathers are a four-piece band consisting of the following players…
- Taylor Burns – Guitar/Vocals
- Ricky Young – Guitar/Vocals
- Joel King – Bass/Vocals
- Ben Dumas – Drums
On the previous album, ‘Lonely is a Lifetime’, I felt the band had a softer classic rock feel to it and it felt like you should be partaking of a little doobage while enjoying the album. This time around the Nashville-based group is leaning more to their country roots while still keeping a little classic rock sound. Partaking in doobage is something you have to decide if you want to do or not (“DayBreaker” might help you decide).
The album might have all the trappings of a country album, but the songs have the sounds of bands we all love including The Eagles, The Allman Brothers and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. I never thought of them as country. To me they are as country as the Eagles were country. There a flavors and sounds, but ultimately they are still rock at the heart, at least in my book.
The new album consists of songs for the road (“Big Sky“, especially). They are great driving songs and they all stem from the band and how they deal with traveling for touring and missing home. The song “Wildfire” tells the story of the band and all they have been through. Taylor Burns calls it “a love letter to the band”. This song definitely captures the spirit of The Eagles.
It is heartfelt songs like this that drive this album forward. The band truly loves what they do and it reflects in their music and sonics of the album. If you want the Petty styled songs, you have to listen to “Golden Days” and “Stand By You”. “Big Sky” would be a good Eagles or Allman Brothers Song.
The opening track, “Quittin’ Time” is what I love about the band. I love that they share vocal duties between several members and that it has a band feel and not focused on one sole singer.
Songs like “Two Broken Hearts” and “Every Morning I Quit Drinkin” are great songs period and both show off their country stylings. These are pure country with both sadness and great stories.
I don’t think you can go wrong with this album. There is not a bad track on it. Next time you get in the car, roll the windows down or put the top down, put this album on, turn it up and enjoy the best drive you could possibly imagine.
I would keep 10 out of 10 Tracks for a 100% Track Score. Overall the albums songs are sensational both lyrically and musically and I would give it a 5 out 5 stars. I try not to let my self be swayed by my feelings for a band, but I can’t help myself with these guys. Give it a listen and let me know how crazy I am or if I am spot on.
If you want to check out my review from their last couple albums, click below.
‘Lonely is a Lifetime’ (one of the first reviews I did for the site)