It must bug the shit out of bands when reviewers toss around clichés like
“maturing sound,” “evolving music,” blah, blah, blah… but it’s hard to ignore
the changes in The Whigs’ sound since their 2005 debut. Listening to the band’s
fourth effort and first for Americana indie New
West, you realize some of their rougher edges have been smoothed out a bit, but
that is far from being a bad thing as these Athens, GA
boys turn in their finest album so far.
Enjoy the Company, with its addition of horns,
pedal steel and cello, shows a band growing up, but not settling down. The trio
has sharpened its writing skills-lyrically, these songs show a band in its
prime-and cast a much wider net of influences, finally shaking that garage band
label, bringing in folk, country and some damn fine bar room rock.
DOWNLOAD: “Staying Alive,” “Waiting” –JOHN B. MOORE