The Deslondes – Hurry Home (album review)

by Woody on June 30, 2017

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The Deslondes don’t seem to do much of anything in a hurry so it is a bit ironic that their sophomore effort is titled Hurry Home. The opening track, Muddy Water, by the New Orleans quintet sees the lyrics pour out of Riley Downing’s mouth like molasses. That notwithstanding, the band cleared up the confusion,“It’s a fitting title for this album because our lives and our songwriting revolve around leaving and returning, or searching for home, And home can be a physical place, a relationship, or a state of mind.”

The last track, Deja Vu and A Blue Moon, also fronted by Downing, is a beautiful, yet heart-breaking, way to close out the album. Kicks off the same vibe off as Alone off of TBT’s Stars and Satellites. In between the opener and the close, the boys showcase their blend of New Orleans country-soul and R&B. In addition to Downing, Sam Doores, Dan Cutler, John James Tourville and Cameron Snyder all get a crack at vocals and songwriting.

She Better Be Lonely (sung by Sam Doores) is a great break-up track. It doesn’t even attempt to hide it’s bitterness, yet sounds kind of sweet in its delivery. Hurricane Shakedown sees the boys step on the gas for the rare rocking track. Beautiful Friend is so beautiful in its simplicity, sort of like Vampires off of Isbell’s latest.

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