With The Way We Move,
troubadour-turned-trio member Langhorne Slim dusts off his back porch sensibilities
and makes it cause for exhortation and exhilaration. Langhorne’s penchant for
hewing to classic templates and then turning them into honest and emotional
narratives is fully vetted and focused, but with a backing band in tow, he’s free
to let loose with a sound both celebratory and straight-forward. Consequently,
these songs find an instant connection, and as the set progresses, they
practically challenge their listeners not to sing right along.
That cheerleading quality is evident from the outset, in
songs like “The Way We Move” and “Bad Luck,” a pair of unabashed barnburners that
opt for some rousing revelry.
Likewise, the earnest strum of “Great Divide” and the perky plunk of “Someday”
keep the energy intact. Not that there aren’t moments of repose; “On the
Attack, the palpable ache of “Coffee Cups” and the easy saunter of “Fire” seem
aimed at introspection, but the emotions are equally unhinged. “I’ve been
looking for salvation/”I’ve been searching low and high/I’m tired of being
patient/All this waiting’s been a waste of time,” Mr. Slim opines on
“Salvation.” Thankfully he’s not complacent, because it’s that unbridled energy
which sets these songs apart.
Way We Move,” “Salvation,” “Great Divide” LEE ZIMMERMAN