I'm still trying to get my ahead around what people mean when they talk about "that Muscle Shoals sound." The Pollies' debut, Where the Lies Begin, adds another layer to this ongoing project.
Although it's their first album, The Pollies are highly qualified to be Muscle Shoals' ambassadors. Comprised of members of The Alabama Shakes, Dylan LeBlanc's backing band, Belle Adair's band, and local legends the Sons of Roswell, The Pollies are poised to take over the indy roots stage.
Just as I'd do with my sixth graders, let's see if we can define "that Muscle Shoals sound" by listing the most important characteristics of The Pollies' music:
- sweeping soundscapes, courtesy of Ben Tanner's organ
- hauntingly beautiful harmonies
- Matt Green's lilting, enchanting guitar hooks
- intensely emotional crooning. Jay Burgess's voice is ragged enough to sound like he's been a few places, but sweet enough to make your heart clench a little. He reminds me of a less morbid Frank Black.
Buy this album. Like other releases from This is American Music, the digital download is basically dirt cheap (where else are you going to get an album that's only five bucks?)
"Song For Carter" -
"Rebel Man" -
"Ashes Of Burned Out Stars" -
The Pollies -- Official, Facebook, Buy Where The Lies Begin