The album starts with “Banjo Odyssey,” which is an upbeat song that revolves around a steady kick drum, twirling banjo and acoustic guitars but is inspired by the vocal performance. The singer has this old country raspy voice that sounds appropriate for the music. I was a fan of the well- timed and placed vocal dubs and harmonies. The song breaks down around the two-minute mark where we are introduced to the swooning cello as the singer starts talking and slowly transforms into multiple vocal harmonies that cross and weave as they build. The Dead South is able to make a nice transition back into the main riff before the song ends. I don’t want too talk too much more about the banjo but it has to be mentioned when talking about “Wishing Well.” It really drives the song on this one as the banjoist plays it like one might play a flamenco style song and then changes things up to a more traditional picking style. The album closes with “Honey You” that is a driving force of energy and one of the highlights. As the song progresses it changes quite frequently. Before most songs even get going they are already having a breakdown at the 45-second mark.
This is an impressive debut from The Dead South. Some songs are solid; others are good and they have a lot of time ahead of them to start refining their sound.