Album Review: “Finding Harmony in The Alders & The Ashes” by The Hello Darlins

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With their latest double album release, The Hello Darlins, led by the talented Candace Lacina, deliver a captivating journey through heartache, resilience, and redemption. “The Alders & The Ashes” is a testament to the band’s artistic depth and ability to seamlessly blend genres while maintaining a cohesive narrative.

From the opening track, “Forgiving Cain and Loving Abel,” to the poignant finale, “Stranger in the Mirror,” The Hello Darlins showcase their knack for crafting emotive storytelling wrapped in soul-stirring melodies. Each song feels like a chapter in a larger narrative, exploring themes of love, loss, and self-discovery.

Collaborations with esteemed artists like JD Edwards on “Sea that Meets the Sky” and Dave Fenley on “Better Days” add layers of richness to the album, showcasing the band’s versatility and willingness to push boundaries. Lacina’s vocals, combined with the guest appearances, create a dynamic interplay that keeps listeners engaged from start to finish.

Standout tracks like “What Is a Broken Heart For,” “Highway 355,” and “Carefree Arizona” highlight the band’s prowess in crafting infectious hooks and memorable choruses. Meanwhile, tracks like “Died With His Boots On” and “Reasons to Cry” delve into more introspective territory, showcasing the band’s emotional depth and sincerity.

The second disc of the album offers a deeper dive into The Hello Darlins’ sonic palette, with tracks like “Lonely Shore” featuring Ruby Friedman and the energetic “Do It Up Right” providing refreshing contrasts to the more contemplative moments of the first disc. The extended version of “Stranger in the Mirror” serves as a fitting conclusion, leaving listeners yearning for more.

Overall, “The Alders & The Ashes” is a masterful showcase of The Hello Darlins’ artistry and musicianship. With its rich storytelling, lush instrumentation, and stellar guest performances, the album is sure to captivate both longtime fans and newcomers alike. In a musical landscape filled with noise, The Hello Darlins offer a beacon of authenticity and sincerity, making “The Alders & The Ashes” a must-listen for any lover of heartfelt, soulful music.

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