Review: Durham County Poets – Out of the Woods

After their last album ‘Hand Me Down Blues’ was nominated for a Juno award and stayed on the Canadian charts for more than a year, Durham County Poets are keen to capitalise on that success with their latest album ‘Out Of The Woods’.

Their laid back, clear vocal style shines on this album with every word delivered with clarity as the production makes use of horns in parts. From the rock n roll vibe of ‘Mean Old Dog’ to the sultry undertones of ‘Love’s Got a Hold on Me’, there is something for everyone on this record which is eclectic in nature.

My personal favourite track is ‘That’s What Makes Me Smile’, the song that closes the record, a country brush shuffle on the drums and a harmonica set the tone for this simple yet grateful tune. In conclusion, this could be their best album to date as they push the boundaries of their capabilities and excel both with the song content and delivery.

I hope this record gets the recognition it deserves and look forward to watching the band bring these songs to life on their UK tour later this year. 

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