DELTA SPIRIT “SELF-TITLED”

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Artist: Delta Spirit
Buy: Amazon or iTunes
Release Date: March 13, 2012
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Total Length: 42:56
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Label: New Rounder

The first time I ever saw Delta Spirit was at the now defunct Village Tavern in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina with Tokyo Police Club as an opening act. I’m not exactly sure of the date, but it was at least five or six years ago, and they were touring in support of a six song EP (I Think I’ve Found It) which prefaced their debut album “Ode to Sunshine.” That having been said, its always nice when you can follow a band’s career from inception to perfection. In this case, perfection comes in the form of Delta Spirit’s third self-titled full length album.

Tireless touring, recording and overall non-stop movement have given the band a chance to carve out a clearly defined unique sound which I like to describe as new rock and roll. Just think of it as erasing the majority of “music” from around 1980 to 2000 and picking up from where rock and roll left off when John Lennon was shot and killed. Rock and roll bands’ like Delta Spirit, Dawes, Deer Tick have been rightfully returning the focus of music back to music. If you go to see any of the three aforementioned acts’ live in concert, don’t expect any costume changes or ridiculous dance moves.

When I listen to Delta Spirit’s new album I can hear the humanity and earnestness in lead singer Matt Vasquez voice. The songs on this album were not written for the sake of being written, they were written out of the need to express ideas and emotions. This is of course in contrast to the majority of new musical excrement, which not only has no message, but also perpetuates setting our standards of living to mediocre. In conclusion, you should purchase this album. My favorite tracks were “Empty House”, “Home”, and “Into The Darkness.” That is all. Good night, and good luck.