12 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the first notes of this debut, it’s clear that The Lone Bellow is a remarkable new band. Those opening moments include stirring three-part harmonies that steal the show, expressing heartfelt lyrics based on themes of longing, grief, redemption, and love. The group's sound is a polished and pastoral blend of acoustic folk, country rock, Southern gospel, and blue-eyed soul. Besides singing, the trio members play guitars and mandolin, and they're backed here by a highly skilled band on piano, fiddle, banjo, more guitars, drums, and bass. The musicianship is subtle yet powerful, and the songs are rich and varied, from the simmering soul of “You Never Need Nobody” and “You Don’t Love Me Like You Used To” to the moving ballads “Tree to Grow” and “Two Sides of Lonely.” “Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold” is an uptempo standout, and the irresistibly sultry “Button” closes the album in high style. But whatever the tempo, the band maintains a burning intensity throughout, forging an emotional connection with listeners that's honest and direct. This is a powerful and passionate debut by a band with a wealth of potential.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the first notes of this debut, it’s clear that The Lone Bellow is a remarkable new band. Those opening moments include stirring three-part harmonies that steal the show, expressing heartfelt lyrics based on themes of longing, grief, redemption, and love. The group's sound is a polished and pastoral blend of acoustic folk, country rock, Southern gospel, and blue-eyed soul. Besides singing, the trio members play guitars and mandolin, and they're backed here by a highly skilled band on piano, fiddle, banjo, more guitars, drums, and bass. The musicianship is subtle yet powerful, and the songs are rich and varied, from the simmering soul of “You Never Need Nobody” and “You Don’t Love Me Like You Used To” to the moving ballads “Tree to Grow” and “Two Sides of Lonely.” “Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold” is an uptempo standout, and the irresistibly sultry “Button” closes the album in high style. But whatever the tempo, the band maintains a burning intensity throughout, forging an emotional connection with listeners that's honest and direct. This is a powerful and passionate debut by a band with a wealth of potential.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
538 Ratings

538 Ratings

Paully Vegas ,

Wipe your brow and clap your hands

"Well, they're kinda like..." stop right there. They're a breath of fresh air, quality music from the instruments involved to the range of vocals and harmony of all members. I'd tell you that they're unreal if you see them live, but you first need to feel out the album between your ears. Whether it's background music or a specific track to go back to over and over - The Lone Bellow share their world and art and heart and story and soul for all of the above.
This isn't some iTunes pop music album. This is something you'll find yourself going back to over and over for a long time to come. Enjoy!

If Dancing is a Revolution ,

Worth the wait

Very excited for Jan. 22nd to come. NPR has the whole album on stream if you'd like a preview.

kdoyle133 ,

Amazing

Get it. There is no filler on this album. Just epic, beautiful songs. Zachs voice is killer. And the harmonies are amazing.

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