Live at the Grey Eagle (Organic, 2019)
Amanda Platt & The Honeycutters
Reviewed by Jim Hynes
Mostly the band stays in support of the song, letting Amanda's vocals shine through clearly across their folk-country sound imbued by electric guitars, keys and drums. Many of these songs take on a new refurbished feel over the studio versions, especially "Eden" and, of course, "Carolina." They also cover The Bee Gees "To Love Somebody," capturing the feel of the song better than the originators. Fan favorites like "Golden Child' and "All You Ever" lend themselves to sing-a-alongs, but fortunately the mix keeps the band in the forefront.
The strength of the album is in the middle sequence featuring lively guitar and keyboard interplay on "Wheels," "To Love Somebody," "Eden" and "Carolina." "Holy Wall" finds Platt performing solo on her acoustic guitar. The new song "Low Road"is perhaps Platt's best vocal as the song builds from quiet acoustic strumming to glorious choruses featuring shimmering piano. Dad Mark supports "Irene" with his harmonica. They abridge their own "Diamond in the Rough" with The Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" for a rousing close.
Platt's songwriting and singing remain the major draws as on their studio releases, but have more palpable energy in this live setting.
CDs by Amanda Platt & The Honeycutters
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