February 13, 2018 Good Old War – Part of You (EP Review)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Good Old War are always doing something different: rather than simply putting out an EP or album, these Indie Folksters are continually reaching beyond to find that perfect groove that fans love. Part of You – which arrives on Friday, February 16, 2018 thanks to Nettwerk Records – is a continuation of 2017’s Part of Me EP. The second movement and yet another testament to the delicious harmonies of Keith Goodwin, Dan Schwartz, and Tim Arnold, Part of You is sure to be a treat!
Taking the journey into Part of You, we begin with the lead single, “That Feeling,” which features Anthony Green (Circa Survive, Saosin). This is a collaboration with a long-time friend that is lush and comforting, a great listen full of the magical, ethereal connections that happens when great musicians, who happen to be friends, create music together. Admittedly, this is an acoustic party for the ears, holding no pretenses and, while Philadelphia is not always about the Rock-n-Roll, all of Pennsylvania (and beyond!) are guaranteed to love sweet strings such as these!
Next, Good Old War count in with a banjo on “In A Heartbeat,” a square-dancing tempo that will allow listeners to dance around the barn despite its lyrical contradiction. This is a masterfully-written song with a truly great breakdown, toe-tapping rhythms and a capella echoes. Let’s just be honest: this is exactly the Good Old War that fans know and love!
Halfway through Part of You we meet “What Does the Future Mean?,” a track that should hold a special relevance to Millennials. Musically stellar, rich with harmonies, this is a quick hit of simple lyrical concepts and it is refreshing to say that no excess sonic baggage is cluttering the ears. Easy and lilting “Should Know” is a connection that feels authentically real, filled with something that makes listeners want to be part of this message. Indeed, now is the present that is a beautiful gift!
Pure clarity, “Take It How You Want To” leads in with focus on guitar before vocals. This emphasis is spot-on in context here, as mixing it up takes this release to another level that brings the live show vibe to the recorded format. Known for their superb stage performances, Good Old War bring this enthusiasm to light on record in such a way that excites listeners, whether they have experienced the live show yet or not. Thankfully, with a national tour hitting the road very shortly – with Justin Nozuka in support – there is absolutely no reason for fans to not get a chance to experience Good Old War for themselves!
For their superb attention to detail, stellar musicianship, marvelous lyrical content and so very much more, CrypticRock gives Good Old War’s Part of You 5 out of 5 stars.