Troubled Days

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While it’s been too long since the last album (Rocks into Rivers), and it’s downright injustice they were dropped from their label (if that was the case — they might have fulfilled a two-album contract or asked to leave), having this cultured and authentically-flawed-like-leather piano rock band back is a great reason to rejoice. Heck, throw a party. This band is that good.

It appears the time between albums has not been kind to vocalist Aaron Morgan, however. His commanding voice is not singing songs of sweet bliss. Instead, it’s a heart aching and grieving for something lost that was supposed to stay secure. If the world did revolve around this reviewer (and thank your lucky stars it does not), how fortunate it would be to have one of your favorite bands release a brand new album of tunes that sing your heart’s songs? Perhaps the universal experience of heartache will make this tome of pain and comfort a popular album.

Aaron and company sound as good as ever. These 12 songs prove that Seabird can hold its own musically and have the patent on their sound and style. While a megahit might be missing on Troubled Days, there’s not a throwaway track; all are capable of being hits. In Seabird’s world, melody is king, and it is supported by piano notes filling the spaces like guitar leads do in other bands. The drums, bass and guitar provide a bed for all this to sleep on, which carries an invitation to sing-along to each chorus and enjoy the ride. Is it a perfect album? Maybe. A classic waiting for time’s stamp of approval? Maybe. Might it never be heard or be forgotten in five years by the general public? Perhaps. Nevertheless, it’s one rock solid album with Seabird firing on all cylinders.



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