After a four-year absence, Seabird returns with Troubled Days, a well-realized song collection that acknowledges heartache while searching for hope. The Cincinnati band's independently released third album-funded with fan support via a Kickstarter campaign-retains the musical elements that first earned it a devoted following. Aaron Morgan's clear-toned vocals and Britpop-influenced keyboards keep Seabird's sound crisp and propulsive, supported by brother Ryan's strategic guitar heroics and Jason Gann's fluid bass lines. Pull You In, Golden Skies, and Find a Way
juggle mixed emotions as they simultaneously uplift and provoke listeners. The gleeful bite of We Can't Be Friends
balances the thoughtfully poetic approach of Palmetto Peach
. Seabird's Christian underpinnings come through most clearly in the rollicking Love Suicide
and the folky, gospel-rooted Stand Out.
The dark clouds hovering over Troubled Days'
tunes may reflect the band's rocky career path. Fortunately, Seabird has bounced back from hard times to deliver a convincing, ultimately inspirational effort. - iTunes
- Release Date: July 16, 2013
- Record Label: Independent
- UPC: 659696271128
- Number of Discs: 1
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