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The Molenes - Songs of Sin and Redemption

Songs of Sin and

The Molenes

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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

New England doesn't seem to be a fertile spawning ground for band playing Roots music. As an area it seems more inclined to go along the lines of punk or folk music. However there are exceptions and this is one, and quite an interesting one at that. These four musicians seem to have a solid footing and a good foundation from which to ride the waves of the fickle music business. The songs are solid and they all come off the pen of Dave Hunter except for Beacom's Farm, which he co-wrote with Jerry Hunter. There is a cohesiveness in the way they all fit together to form the big picture, which comes together in the wholeness of the disc. It is a guitar themed disc with the pedal steel guitar, played by guest artist Bruce Derr, playing a big supporting role and that helps lean this disc in a bit of a country direction, which seems to fit with songs quite well. The credits are done in a slightly different way, Dave Hunter is credited with vocals, guitars, harmonica, and things with strings; Zach Field—drums, percussion, vocals; Andrew Russell -bass, vocals; Thomas Ferry—Hammond Organ, vocals and the guests are afore mentioned Bruce Derr and Jess Hunter—vocals on two tracks. Nothing terribly odd there except no one is credited with lead vocals and it is basically the same person singing lead all the way through; there is, particularly on the opening track, Redemption and Beacom's Farm, some very prominent banjo being laid down. Why hide the fact that someone, presumably Dave Hunter (things with strings) is the banjo player. This just struck an odd note. Doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the music on the album. There is nothing earthshakingly new or different and the lead singing is certainly not the strongest, but it is a good solid effort for this band.

Track List:

  • Redemption (Introduction)
  • There's a Sufferin'
  • Bring the Bottle
  • You Are Not Gone
  • Charlotte Lights
  • Pain Express
  • Silver Stars
  • Step On It
  • Grey Haze
  • Beacom's Farm
  • Fall for This Again
  • Trouble in the Corn

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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