The Upshot: The Americana/folk/blues experimentalists serve up a nearly flawless and potentially career-defining record.
BY JOHN B. MOORE
Going back more than a decade now, brothers Oliver and Chris Wood, joined by drummer Jano Rox, have been stealthily putting out one solid Americana/folk/blues hybrid record after another on a collection of indie labels. Seemingly immune to the trends and whims of the contemporary musical tastemakers, The Wood Brothers may have largely escaped the attention of the masses (for now), but the band has still managed to build up a devoted following thanks to phenomenally powerful live shows and a growing collective of songs with a timelessness to stand up decades from now. Proof of that can be found throughout their latest, One Drop of Truth.
The new record is quite possibly their best so far, nearly flawless from start to finish. The set kicks off with “River Takes the Town,” a contemporary folk number about a Louisiana flooding that eschews the obvious drama for a more laid-back vibe and comes off almost as a love song in the end. Elsewhere the band beefs up their eclectic bona fides with a couple of strong funk-infused tracks, like “Happiness Jones” soaked in swampy organ, the quirky “Sky High” and the ‘70s-inspired “Sparkling Wine.” The record is balanced out with a barn burner like “This is it,” the sultry album closer “Can’t Look Away” and the earnestly sweet “Strange as it Seems.”
With One Drop of Truth, The Wood brothers have put out a career-defining album. But they’ve been just as brilliant from the beginning; now it’s time for the rest of the world to finally realize that.
DOWNLOAD: “Strange as it Seems,” “River Takes the Town” and “Can’t Look Away”