November 18, 2020 Larkin Poe – Kindred Spirits (Album Review)
Roots Rockers Larkin Poe are about to pay tribute to their biggest musical influences on a special collection. The album, Kindred Spirits, is slated for release on Friday, November 20, 2020, thanks to Tricki-Woo Records.
An impressive journey through time for the band, who formed in 2010, the aptly-titled Kindred Spirits is the group’s sixth full-length studio offering. Fronted by the dynamic Lovell sisters, Rebecca and Megan, the quartet delivers 11 eclectic cover tracks on the disc, touching on material from some of the greatest musical artists of all-time. However, Larkin Poe is careful to make each selection their own, adding their own touch of Country Music to interpret these timeless hit songs in a way that is personal to the sisters and their bandmates.
These smooth and mellow versions of the songs are full of Larkin Poe’s passion and grace. From their take on Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” to Elvis’ “(You’re The Devil) In Disguise” to Neil Young’s “Rocking In The Free World,”, or any other song on the album for that matter, the quartet carefully crafts their homages to these classics. Their selections are songs that every music lover knows and loves, and, therefore, everyone can sing-along. But these new arrangements and the deeply intimate interpretations of the material add a new touch and a new dimension.
With songs ranging from Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” to The Allman Brothers’ “Ramblin’ Man,” Kindred Spirits crosses genres fluidly and it does so with panache. The selections are fun and diverse, with the band touching on Derek & The Dominoes, Bo Diddley, and The Moody Blues, as well. But there are also surprises: like a cover of Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly Away” as well as a reimagining of Post Malone’s “Take What You Want.”
Perhaps most importantly, Larkin Poe has selected a wide variety of material from throughout music history and across genres. Mixing the old with the new, they give their tribute a new and fresh angle, one that listeners might never have considered before. They keep the music pure and simple, and carry this minimalism over into their vocals, crafting a stripped down collection. In turn, this adds a new depth to the arrangements, leaving the listener’s mind room to wander. And throughout all this they remain true to their roots, maintaining their style and personal flourishes.
At approximately thirty minutes in length, Kindred Spirits is an album that a listener can sit back and relax with. Full of comforting and homey feels, it is the escape that so many of us need from our chaotic times and, if you allow yourself to be consumed by the music, you just might surprise yourself when you begin humming along. For this, Cryptic Rock gives Kindred Spirits 3 out of 5 stars.