I donâ€™t like a great deal of country music. Call me uncultured or otherwise wrong, but I do not find much to appreciate in the genre. However, a band named Sway has done wonders in their â€œLet It Rollâ€ to show me the inherent beauty of the style. â€œLet It Rollâ€ starts off with â€œCowgirl Sceneâ€, a track that immediately shows the talent inherent in the effort of all four members of the act. However solid â€œCowgirl Sceneâ€ is, the band ratchets things up considerably higher with â€œLet It Rollâ€. While each of the different tracks can be taken separately during â€œLet It Rollâ€, full enjoyment of the disc only comes when listeners hunker down and listen to the album as a whole.
â€œIn the Hands of Loveâ€ is reminiscent of Mary Chapin Carpenter, and particularly during her â€œThe Bugâ€ era. However, far from being merely an act influenced by the greats, Sway really flip the script when it comes to what individuals expect from a country band. Nowhere is this more clearly shown than during the discâ€™s middle point, â€œWhen Love Finds Its Wayâ€. â€œWhen Loveâ€ is one of those tracks that will bounce around listenersâ€™ heads endlessly; the blend of instrumental and vocal components during the track create something that is much, much more than its constituent parts. During both â€œIn the Hands of Loveâ€ and its follow-up, â€œIâ€™m Over Youâ€, Sway easily crossover into a rock domain, calling forth acts like Fleetwood Mac in the creation of some stellar music.
â€œMore Than Enoughâ€ continues this crossover tradition, with guitar tracks eliciting a sunny demeanor as the vocals come forth as a tie-together of the Dixie Chicks and of Reba McEntire. The male vocals that are dominant during â€œLeft Unsaidâ€ continue to spice up the album and keep listeners focused in, while the instrumentation takes that next bold step forward in creating the best possible music. â€œLet It Rollâ€ is evidence that country music can be new and fresh, and that Sway is the act that is leading the charge. Twenty-five years from now, â€œLet It Rollâ€ will be seen as an album that influenced an entire generation of musicians. This bodes well for all of music.
Top Tracks: Left Unsaid, Let It Roll
Sway â€“ Let It Roll / 2008 Self / 10 Tracks / http://www.swaymusic.com