DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE, “Flying,” Organic Records. 10 tracks.
If bluegrass is, as Bill Monroe called it, “high lonesome music,” then the music of Darin and Brooke Aldridge isn’t bluegrass.
There is little about lonesome in the songs on their albums.
They’re about love found and rarely lost.
And “Flying” is no exception.
For the most part, these are beautiful songs that push the boundaries of bluegrass.
The record label’s publicity for the album talks about “combining tradition with innovation” and “edgy melodies and song selection meant for a a new and wider audience.”
Some of the songs are acoustic rock. Some are soft bluegrass.
But they’re all good.
“Laurie Stevens,” a new song that sounds old, is the only truly lost love song on the album. And it finds two lovers dying in a flood, one trying to save the other.
Nanci Griffith’s “Outbound Plane” is almost a lost love song. But it still holds hope that love will “fly on its own.”
“Trying to Make Clocks Slow Down,” “Higher Than My Heart,” “Love Does,” “Little Bit of Wonderful,” “To The Moon and Back,” “I Gotta Have Butterflies,” “Love Speak To Me” and “Maybe Just A Little” all deal with the joys of love.
So, if you’re tired of tragedy and lovers that always leave, check this one out.
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