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The good nature of Southern California comes to the fore in the latest album by Blaine Campell. A highly anticipated release, Under The Tidal Wave continues the troubadours journey, an album that basks in spiritual vibes. In truth, his follow-up to Blue Mind (2016), is a collection of love songs to life, dealing with the good and the bad equally. What is apparent however, is the soothing sound of the album, Under The Tidal Wave is easy listening for the millennial generation, a calm from the storm which at times erupts in society.
The slick warmth stands out from the first wave of “Shoutin’ Don’t Count”. A rocker with an Americana feel that blisters alongwith all the dynamics flowing freely. In “Happy Faces” you can taste the salt in the air, and feel the sand beneath your feet as the sound kisses your ears. The first slice of atmospheric goodness released from the set did not really quantify the vast themes of the album.
The set comes to a close with the harmonica uplifting “Caroline’s Rainbow”, another instrumental that builds in stature. Until finally, the fitting “Time To Say Goodbye”. A beautiful parting gift from an album which brings different genres, sounds, and ideas together. The feeling you are left with is that Blaine Campell is not so much reinventing the sound of a long ago time but is creating something fresh and new. Definitely worth checking out.
1.Shoutin’ Don’t Count
3.Small Town Girl
4.Someday You’ll Be Mine
5.Under the Tidal Wave
8.It Feels Like It’s Real
11.Where She Used To Play
13.Time To Say Goodbye