Time to cut back and relax. That’s the vibe I felt whilst listening to this album.

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors were a new discovery to me, I went into this listening experience blind, in the sense that I had no real idea of who they were and what their sound was.

However, a few tracks in and I found myself pleasantly surprised, the chilled feel was something I only have an appreciation for, another band who do not feel the need to make ‘hype’ music for the sake of being radio worthy. Despite this, my listening experience was not exactly perfect – some of the songs did not quite hit the level of quality that others hit. This apparent lack of consistency is an issue.

My personal favourite track on the album being the second ‘California’ mainly due to its use of the harmonica and the depth that it added to the track. Perhaps this is due to its lack of use by British bands and artists. Nevertheless, as someone who has had very little exposure to American music, I can happily say it was something I enjoyed and a genre that I will be considering more thanks to Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors.

Due to the album not maintaining the quality of the first few tracks, “Souvenir” as a whole, was not as strong as it could have been. One thing for sure is that this is an album I will continue listening to, even if just for a few tracks, due to its chilled nature, making it in my opinion great for a wind down after a stress filled day.

Overall, I enjoyed my listening session of ‘Souvenir” and would recommend you giving Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors a listen and, if not this album, one of their many others, as much of their stuff is pleasantly relaxing.

3/5 Bytes.

Jamie Law.


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