Album Review: The Giving Tree Band "The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious"

Americana masters The Giving Tree Band are back with "The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious," and the band's sweet, signature sound is present from start to finish on an album that embraces the true essence of American music.
The album begins with the infectious country track "Red Leaves." Anyone who has toes will be tapping along to this cut, which offers pitch-perfect vocals and top-notch instrumentation. Brothers Erik Fink and Todd Fink began The Giving Tree Band six years ago, and the band tours extensively across the USA. "The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious" will be released September 21, 2010.

The softer side of the band is carefully portrayed on the heartfelt "Sometimes Things Must Fall." The songs "Which One" and "Diamond" are also noteworthy. However, "Reflections Of My Soul" is a musical masterwork with terrific lyrics and stellar instrumentation that is followed by the tragic final track "Empty."

"Caged Lion" showcases the lyrical flourish of the band combined with a beautiful melody. "Eventually" has much of the same charm and is insanely hummable. Radio program directors should take notice of "Eventually" and the traditional track "Circles," which also has a winning melody.

The best pure Americana track is the sparse "Rocky Road." The song oozes musical sincerity and offers a uniquely understated intensity. Likewise, Texas country radio stations should carefully examine putting "Run Dog Run" and the unlucky in love song "Already Gone" on Red Dirt playlists.

The Giving Tree Band deserves widespread critical praise for "The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious." Indeed, this album is a true, Americana work of art from start to finish.