Larkin Poe are Rebecca and Megan Lovell, formerly, till January 2010, The Lovell Sisters. This incarnation of the band sees them move toward a more literal storytelling style with less emphasis on bluegrass and more focus on pop and soul.
Interestingly, Summer is the second mini album in a series of seasonal releases of four albums. The openers Praying For The Bell To Ring and Sea Song skip along with a nice atmospheric Americana feel. A great soundtrack to a drive through winding country roads and sleepy one horse towns. The mood changes by Wrestling A Stranger, it becomes a bit more tense as the band, particularly Chad Melton on drums, go for it, as they hit the pedal to the floor and get out of town sharpish. We rein it in a bit as the songwriting takes centre stage again on the brilliantly assured Natalie and Enough For You.
Overall, I’m genuinely of the opinion that live tracks on an LP or mini album are a bit of an easy option and should be kept for B sides of single releases. In Larkin Poe’s case it actually serves well as we hear how skilled and confident they are live. There version of Massive Attack’s Teardrop seals the deal.
I cant wait for Autumn. A definite buy.
Review by Charlie Brown