Sherwood has reunited after six years to produce their fourth full-length release, Some Things Never Leave You. This record is undeniably the same Sherwood as the band’s latest album sees them step seamlessly back in their stride with the smooth harmonies and infectious hooks we’ve been anticipating.
The energetic album touches on all the hallmarks of Sherwood’s sound, from the ultra poppy “Closer to You” to tracks like “Back Home” that lean more towards driving indie rock. “Bottle it Up” captures the early 2000s sound; in fact, much of the album harks back to that specific decade’s rock routine. The band isn’t just banking on nostalgia here or even attempting to rehash their good ol’ days. They instead show a freedom in their writing, with more experimentation than on any of their previous work, something band’s tend to earn over time. They adventure out through vocal effects, outside-of-the-rock instruments, dynamic songwriting, and even heavier rock guitars, which appear in “The First” and “New Year’s Day.” The latter moves seamlessly from a melancholy to pure rock territory.
Sherwood, long known for their melodic prowess, will rope you in with catchy choruses and lyrical narratives. The lyrics are engaging and tend to touch on aspects of faith more than their past records. “The Unknown,” the album’s powerful closing track, is a prime example of the band digging deeper into the subject matter.
Sherwood has given longtime fans a near perfect album, 11 upbeat songs that sound as effortless and natural to the band as taking a breath. Some Things Never Leave You isn’t just a “comeback album,” it’s a show of superior musicianship, songwriting, and one of the best albums you’ll hear this year.