ARTIST: Little Red Wolf
TITLE: If Only We Were Just Like We Are
YEAR RELEASED: 2010
CHART ACTION: No
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Hip and well-read Wisconsinites have heard them!.
LINEUP: Kelly Maxwell, Meghan Rose, Emily Mills, Laura Detert
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Wisconsin foursome blends voices, styles and multi-instruments for a pleasing debut record.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: NOTE: I know Emily – have drank beers with her and sent her a bunch of mix CDs for a Mix Tape Trade we participated in, but I’ll try to remain unbiased.
You could say that this is a folkie record – or a blend of alt-country and folk – or…well, it’s kind of hard to pin LRW down into a genre. I can say this, there are plenty of good songs here and it is a pleasant listen for chilling out.
The quartet harmonizes well, plays a variety of styles and instruments and share in the writing and singing. For an independent release, the production is great as well, with everything in good balance and clear and crisp, which you need for this music.
My only quibble is that at times it seems the songs aren’t as varied as I’d like them to be. Maybe it’s the sequencing or just how the songs are structured, but I want more of a changeup on occasion, especially near the end of the album. However, that’s a quibble – hopefully they’ll make more music for a long while.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Emily is a Sunday columnist for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but there is a re-mix album.
GRADE: B+-: A good album for a rainy weekend where you just want to stay in and chill.