ALBUM REVIEW: The Delines – The Sea Drift | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 11.02.22







If I was to imagine my Platonic Ideal of a great record, it could easily be one that marries a warm, country-soul/Tony Joe White sound to lyrics as succinct and vivid as a Raymond Carver story. And three albums in, The Delines have absolutely nailed it (again).

The upheaval of the last few years meant this album even happening was by no means a definite; that it’s pretty much perfect is a testament to the band’s commitment and singer Amy Boone’s resilience. It’s not a massive departure from the previous two but the arrangements are richer – lush strings and brass filling out the sound – and Willy Vlautin is at the top of his songwriting/storytelling game with songs like the gorgeous, deceptively breezy ‘ba-ba-ba’-ing Kid Codeine and the heist-gone-wrong Little Earl. And Boone’s voice of course, a rare and beautiful thing. The Delines are a really special band and this is a really, really special album.


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