With their latest release, Rattlesnake, Canadian six-piece The Strumbellas have pivoted a bit away from their original neo-folk/alt country sound for a more pop sheen. And while this may cause some early adopters to walk away, it’s hard to ignore the charm and appeal of many of the tracks here.
The album opener and lead single, “Salvation” is probably one of the band’s catchiest, most optimistic songs yet and a step away from the more introspective music that dominated the band’s earlier work. And while the band’s exercises their extroverted sides, the subtler, more vulnerable moments here, like “We All Need Someone” or “High” tend to be the songs that stick with the listener much longer.
Four albums and a decade into their existence, The Strumbellas can’t be blamed for wanting to veer off the established path a bit. Thankfully, they don’t stray too far off on Rattlesnake.