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Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Good Light Good Time – 2013 (1-2-3-4-GO!)

Reviewed by Brian Baker

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It didn't take long for Drew Holcomb to attract attention to his vibrantly soulful songwriting style. Holcomb's 2005 debut, "Washed in Blue," was almost immediately picked up by Hollywood music supervisors who featured his songs in a variety of acclaimed television shows ("The Cleaner," "United States of Tara," "Army Wives"), which quickly earned him fans in countless living rooms around the country. Coupled with a relentless touring schedule and a steady stream of releases with his band, the Neighbors, featuring the estimable talents of his wife/songwriting partner Ellie - 2008's "Passenger Seat," 2009's "A Million Miles Away," 2011's "Chasing Someday," live and Christmas albums - Holcomb has amassed a solid grass roots following.

On their fourth official release, "Good Light," Holcomb and the Neighbors continue to mine a beautiful mid-tempo groove that seamlessly blends pop, rock, soul and country (Paul Brady, Jesse Winchester and Dire Straits certainly spring to mind) into a singular hybrid that is sparked by the Holcombs' heartfelt songwriting style. Another Man's Shoes displays the Holcombs' wide angle perspective to great effect, but it's their personal focus that hits the hardest, from the gorgeously romantic lilt of The Wine We Drink to the gospel-tinged Can't Take It With You to the quietly anthemic Tennessee to the soaring Tom Petty-meets-Jakob Dylan title track.

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors invest a whole lot of heart and soul and emotion into "Good Light," and while that might not be something particularly new, it is most assuredly something special.