Sea Of Noise lifts this Alabama eight-piece from its spot as the nation's best young party band into headier and more exciting territory, where insights matter more than mere imitation. If its 2014 debut album Half The City proved that the group had the chops to refresh bar-band revivalism, this new release stands firmly in the present. This is most evident in Janeway's lyrics; throughout Sea Of Noise, he contemplates racial violence and political unrest, considering how it affects his intimate relationships and asking hard questions about how to respond as a compassionate person and a man of faith. "I can't tell what side I'm on," he sings in the praise-choir rouser "All I Ever Wonder." Horns and background voices keep him lifted. In songs like this one and the Temptations-touched "Brain Matter," his confusion becomes a welcome challenge to think harder and feel more. Janeway has also matured as a love man, playing it cool with his falsetto in the deliciously disco "Flow With It" and honoring Al Green's sacred-to-secular eroticism in "Sanctify." Maybe best is "I'll Be Your Woman," a passion play cast in the language of gender-fluid millennials; when Janeway sings the title phrase to a female lover, murmuring, "Let me lay in your strong arms," there's no need for bluster. He's thought this through, and he can be honest. Inside his mind, such complexities feel comfortable.
Tracklist: 01. Crumbling Light Posts, Pt. 1 02. Flow with It (You Got Me Feeling Like) 03. Midnight on the Earth 04. I’ll Be Your Woman 05. All I Ever Wonder 06. Sanctify 07. Crumbling Light Posts, Pt. 2 08. Waves 09. Brain Matter 10. Burning Rome 11. Tears in the Diamond 12. Is It Me 13. Crumbling Light Posts, Pt. 3 14. La bruit 15. All I Ever Wonder (Mahogany Session)