â€œBlackest Crowâ€ is the first track on this EP, and it showcases Amramâ€™s work as something that can fit in well with the work of Alison Krauss or even the re-imagined folk genre of the current period (which has adherents including Akron/Family and Devendra Banhart). There seems to be a slight bit more rock influence during â€œBlackest Crowâ€, but individuals could easily hear this style of music in 1967 as they can in 2007 (or 2008, for that matter). The meandering style present during â€œPainted Ladyâ€ continues with the same general style of â€œBlackest Crowâ€, ensuring that Amram does not lose anything in the way of listeners. The emotion present in the vocals is interesting, because it is presented to listeners by a fairly deadpan style of delivery.
The slight differences in intonation are what provides this difference, and why tracks like â€œPainted Ladyâ€ are so special. Instead of going to the limits, the slight modifications made to the general sound of the EP yield tremendous differences. â€œMiss You While Youâ€™re Awayâ€ is the shortest track on the disc, and it marks a different type of style for Amram. Where the previous tracks went more towards the folk genre, â€œWhile Youâ€™re Awayâ€ is a track that is firmly rooted in the country and western genre. The vocals are what link this track to the previous two efforts, and create a fuller sound for Amram that was present during the ending of â€œPainted Ladyâ€. â€œTake A Drinkâ€ keeps with the C&W sound, but throws a little bit more of a curveball into the track â€“ this ploy ensures that Amram will have a large fanbase by the time that eir LP comes out. If you miss the style of a Ronstadt or a Parton, give Amramâ€™s EP a few good listeners â€“ I think youâ€™ll like it.
Top Track: Take A Drink