Good Old Warâ€™s sound remains simple and folksy with the release of Come Back As Rain. The songs bring the bandâ€™s graceful three-part vocal harmonies and twangy, rhythmic guitars to the forefront to create an album that is easy to set on repeat. On the other hand, a few listens through will reveal that the harmonies cover just-above-average lyrics and the folk guitar hardly ever breaks out of GOWâ€™s well-worn pattern: strum, hook, repeat.
Upon hearing opener â€œOver and Over,â€ my hopes blossomed for this album. Laden with gorgeous vocal harmonies and driven by lively percussion, the song holds top rank for the album. â€œOver and Overâ€ sounds like classic Good Old War, reminiscent of â€œConey Islandâ€ from their debut album Only Way To Be Alone. Later in the album, â€œBetter Weatherâ€ and â€œTouch the Clouds (Taste the Ground)â€ exhibit remarkably similar tempos, harmonic styles, and overall feeling to â€œOver and Over,â€ leaving them to stand in its shadow. Naturally, they feel less special after hearing the same style at the beginning of the album.
â€œCalling Me Names,â€ â€œAmazing Eyes,â€ and â€œNot Quite Happinessâ€ represent the slowest section of the album, but still manage to maintain energy. â€œAmazing Eyesâ€ slides smoothly over honest lyrics and subtle background harmonies, and â€œCalling Me Namesâ€ delves into the electric realm with its instrumentation. Overall, these tracks provide much-needed variance in the albumâ€™s constant, uniform pop-folk nature.
Come Back As Rain is an undeniably catchy album with its many guitar hooks and pleasing harmonies. However, the album also treads on the surface of anything heart-wrenching or experimental. It stands as solid material from Good Old War â€“ music relevant this spring, but perhaps not an emotionally resonating â€œforeverâ€ album. When the weather is nice, this albumâ€™s mood matches the sunshine streaming in the window.