When this Maine trio spoke about focusing on acoustic instruments and subscribing to a style they called "Holler Folk" my immediate fear was that I was about to be subjected to the kind of affirmative chanting that bands like Mumford & Sons specialize is.
Fortunately, this proved not to be the case. The band with the ghostly name are squarely in AOR territory but this is a pleasant and quietly life-affirming record.
Their third full-length album impressively embraces a classic Americana cocktail of folk, bluegrass, rock and alternative country. Some subtle string sections, loops and mellotron serve to broaden the sonic palette.
The Ghost of Paul Revere formed in 2011 and are primarily composed of Max Davis [vocals, banjo], Sean McCarthy [vocals, bass], and Griffin Sherry [vocals, guitar]. For this record they are augmented by new members: drummer Chuck Gagne, instrumentalist Jackson Kincheloe and pianist Ben Cosgrove.
Sean McCarthy says that a large focus of the songs was on "dealing with personal loss and moving forward.". A close friend Taylor recently succumbed to cancer and other professional stresses and personal worries added to the mix. On the title track, the chorus addresses these issues: "one thing I've learned about life is you you get good at losing everything."
There are a few weak links; the California on my mind of Travel On seems old hat and the bluesy When Can I See You Again, complete with cheesy backing chorus, is all too predictable.
They are at their best when they not pretending the grass may be greener elsewhere as on the fist single Love At Your Convenience and Loneliness.
This is where the band's trademark holler is most solid, heartfelt and convincing.