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Review: Delta Spirit, “Into the Wide”

1 Comment 3 August 2014

Review: Delta Spirit, “Into the Wide”

Into the Wide is a complete album that doesn’t lack for creativity, imagination, range or high quality production. In fact, it doesn’t lack for anything at all. This is rock and roll. It sits right in the pocket from the first note to the last.”

Artist: Delta Spirit

Album: Into the Wide

Genre: Rock

RIYL: Dawes, Dr. Dog, Deer Tick, Stereophonics

Delta Spirit Into the Wide

For the last decade or so, Delta Spirit has been one of those bands that’s successfully managed to build a fantastically devoted following by just being solid songwriters and executing their live shows at a level that’s difficult to deny once you’ve seen them play. But there’s something else happening now. The release of their fourth album, Into the Wide, feels like it could be a turning point for a group that’s flown snugly right under the radar for some time now.

“Push It” opens the album with perfect intensity and brings all the band members strengths right into the light from the opening notes. Delta Spirit writes big choruses, delivers them with a raging earnestness that’s never contrived, and this opening track finds them in top form. Lead single “From Now On” quickly follows with a crazy good chorus that will have you singing (loudly) along with a wonderfully ferocious and charismatic Matt Vasquez, a frontman who knows how to bring the energy to a head. “Live On” carries this forward with an urgency marked by pounding percussion and an aggressive vocal and melody line.

The title track bears a torchy vintage vibe, slowing things down a bit and ebbing and flowing with a liquid quality. It taps into a standard songwriting convention that builds to a massive climax with a stunning payoff. “Language of the Dead” picks right up off that climactic release and delivers a simple, but powerful performance that rocks into high gear with another killer chorus. But just in case you think Delta Spirit is all about the high impact, octane-induced songwriting, then you have the interlude that leads into “War Machine,” a track that definitely finds the band stripping back their sound and allowing the simplicity of an emotive lyric and vulnerable Vasquez taking center stage. “The Wreck” appropriately closes Into the Wide on an emotional high with great detail touches that capitalize on simple piano accompaniment boosted by a sound swell of layered vocals.

Delta Spirit has masterfully shown all of their cards with Into the Wide: there’s a pureness and an honesty to the way this band attacks and pushes each note around like it’s going to be their last. They operate with such precision as a whole, and stand out for their individual strengths as musicians. Into the Wide is a complete album that doesn’t lack for creativity, imagination, range or high quality production. In fact, it doesn’t lack for anything at all. This is rock and roll. It sits right in the pocket from the first note to the last. This is a band that knows exactly who they are, and it’s a gorgeous and glorious thing to listen to as a fan.


Delta Spirit website: http://deltaspirit.net/

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  1. Awesomesauce says:

    Listening now. Simply incredible!!!!! Delta Spirit have transcended!


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