artist: The Choir
genre: rock & roll
release date: June 1, 2018
star rating: three out of five
review by Levi Yager
The Choir released their latest LP, titled Bloodshot, at the start of June. A pretty mellow outing overall, it’s chock-full of imaginative lyrics, delightful horns and prominent electric guitars, especially on the low end.
“Bloodshot Eyes” gets things started as a captivating mood-setter that’s kind of melancholy. It’s then succeeded by a string of four of the album’s strongest tracks. One of those tracks is number three, “Summer Rain.” It’s one of two straight-up, feel-good tunes on Bloodshot that’s, appropriately, a great summertime jam. The other similarly perfect summer song comes along much later, with “We’ve Got the Moon” at number 11.
A couple of the gentler songs on Bloodshot are the fifth track, “Only Reasons,” and the finale, “The Time Has Come,” both of which are album highlights. “Only Reasons” has a swing to it, and it’s also backed by some horns. It’s quite thought-provoking as well, with lyrics saying, “There are no innocent daughters – no innocent sons. No excuses – only reasons.” “The Time Has Come” has pleasant, simple keys involved and is loaded with great, metaphorical writing. It’s about forgiving “your sorry self” and leaning into redemption. It proves to be a memorable closer.
“Birds, Bewildered” and “The Dizzy Wounded” are two more standout songs on Bloodshot that showcase The Choir’s ability to create catchy, uplifting melodies interweaved with occasionally pensive moments.
Bloodshot is dotted with a few other witty, grooving songs that may also turn out to be favorites for the listener. Yet, while the album is definitely a treat for the ears, it’s not as stunning a delicacy as The Choir has served us before. Nothing falls totally flat, but there’s a simplicity to Bloodshot that, at times, leaves something to be desired. It’s a relatively small criticism, but it’s still somewhat significant. Even so, the album holds its ground as a solid addition to a talented band’s impressive discography. I’d recommend giving it a shot.