Sound: The majority of the songs (the ones sung by frontwoman/pianist Greta Salpeter) are piano-driven pop/rock with an old-timey feel that can draw from ‘30s big band swing and ‘50s sock hop pop. Except for a couple ballads, her tracks are defined by a spunky bounce and a gripping vocal fire. Guitarist/vocalist Bob Morris contributes three tracks where he takes over the lead duties and guitar takes over for piano, resulting in a more conventional, modern sound.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Honey”; “The Boys Are Too Refined”; “Medicine Man”; “Love You Much Better”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Not Your Concern”; “As You Cry”; “Molasses”; “Hospital Bed Crawl”
Recommended: When Greta’s belting out the melodies, her piano’s jumpin’ and the boys are backing her up (musically and vocally), The Hush Sound are one of the most refreshing and unique young bands out there. Sure, her verses are more memorable than her choruses (which can make it hard to remember which track is which) and the rhythms can start to feel a little too similar after awhile, but those are minor drawbacks. The confusing feature of Goodbye Blues is the inclusion of the Bob Morris tracks. On their own, they’re quality tunes. But they do feel out of step with the rest of the album and disrupt the flow. Regardless, this is an impressive barrage of quality songwriting and musicianship.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2008 Candidate)