When you realize that thirteen of these fourteen heart-kilned, hand crafted songs average between 2:45 and 3:15 in length, you're quickly illuminated as to how much spirit Roper, Lader, and Demel put into their gifts. The whirlwind Tornado immediately springs to mind, but it is Track Ten so let's start at the start, shall we?
At the risk of sounding hokey as hell, Sons of the Never Wrong never are. Roper's witty, Celtic-jaunty Arkansas; Demel's lilting and long lasting Eve; and Roper/Demel's Over There ("Leave your cares and woes/You've had enough of those") kick off this twentieth birthday celebration like no other band would dare to. 'Cos y'see, the Sons understand elementally that life is endurance, but that doesn't mean you can't learn anything from it and become a source of humor and light for others as Windows, the fearlessly effervescent The Great Unknown, and the hit single that never will be, Lader's lyrical and pop-whimsical I'd Marry You bear out.
And then there's Tornado, undoubtedly the best song I've heard all this long, anxious year. (Are you listenin' Bruce? Are you listenin' Bob? Are you listenin' you stinkbug right wingers?) A hard bop (yes, hard bop!) jazz swirl that you hope won't let up until it lifts you up in its gale and you fly—exultant—beyond human boundary—whooping it up alongside the Sons' two leading ladies.
There's a book in King Fisher King and this review could be it if I don't stop here, though not to mention Ring, Tic Tac Toe and Best Intentions is felony. I recently missed a chance to see and meet the Sons because some over-wrought emergency got in the way. And that's too bad, I love meeting great minds.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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