The songs “Trying to Have A Good Time,” “Sunshine” and “Tennessee Coalminer” all have a Decemberists-like sound from vocals to music but with a country twist. And that is a very good thing as The Decemberists is one of the biggest bands on the scene. I don’t think I’m diminishing anything The O’s is trying to accomplish with the band’s latest effort, “Between The Two,” set for release Tuesday, February 8th.
Taking off where the band left off in 2009 with its debut album, “We Are The O’s,” The O’s return with a solid sophomore album comprised of 12 very good tracks. Even for someone like me who is not into country music I really enjoyed this album. With country music, which is really meant to be heard live, The O’s on record has the raw and honest qualities that make “Between The Two” a must have album for music fans of any genre. I can only imagine the band live is just as good, if not better, than on record.
What really stood out on the album is the harmony between The O’s’ Taylor Young and John Pedigo, even more so than the musical abilities the two exert, especially on the song “Everything’s Alright.”
“Between The Two” may be between Young and Pedigo, but between you and me, this album is one of the better ones I’ve heard in a while.
Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org.