The lack of heart is what’s really alarming
Alarms In The Heart is a fine album, which is the worst criticism I can level against a band’s output. Be fantastic, be terrible, either way go down swinging.
Dry The River’s first album Shallow Bed was filled with a heart and passion that made you forget you were listening to a “folk” band. Somewhere in the last two years that heart disappeared. It’s as if they felt stripping away everything that made them unique would give them a shot at the radio. Who knows, maybe it will. What I do know is playing it safe isn’t an accomplishment and it’s certainly not terribly interesting to listen to.