11 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Brooklyn trio Earl Greyhound add new drummer Ricc Sheridan to their volatile mix and explore a number of different styles on their second album, 2010’s Suspicious Package. “Oye Vaya” and “Ghost and the Witness” draw their influence from the Viking-tundra rumbling of early Led Zeppelin with Sheridan pounding with slightly less force than John Bonham but Matt Whyte and Kamara Thomas harmonizing with Robert Plant’s upper register clearly in sight. However, from there, the trio ventures towards ‘90s grunge with downcast chords and ambivalent guitar solos making their impression on “Shotgun” and “Holy Immortality.” There’s even a piano ballad, “Bill Evans,” that suggests they’ve been taking notes on Ben Folds Five-inspired AOR-styled pop. The various approaches make for an adventurous, confident group that have many different options to choose from in the future. Which path they choose should prove most interesting. For now, you may find yourself double-checking that it’s actually the same band throughout. It’s that wildly diverse.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Brooklyn trio Earl Greyhound add new drummer Ricc Sheridan to their volatile mix and explore a number of different styles on their second album, 2010’s Suspicious Package. “Oye Vaya” and “Ghost and the Witness” draw their influence from the Viking-tundra rumbling of early Led Zeppelin with Sheridan pounding with slightly less force than John Bonham but Matt Whyte and Kamara Thomas harmonizing with Robert Plant’s upper register clearly in sight. However, from there, the trio ventures towards ‘90s grunge with downcast chords and ambivalent guitar solos making their impression on “Shotgun” and “Holy Immortality.” There’s even a piano ballad, “Bill Evans,” that suggests they’ve been taking notes on Ben Folds Five-inspired AOR-styled pop. The various approaches make for an adventurous, confident group that have many different options to choose from in the future. Which path they choose should prove most interesting. For now, you may find yourself double-checking that it’s actually the same band throughout. It’s that wildly diverse.

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