Family music entertainment act Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could released its latest album, That Friday Feeling Friday through Bumblin Bee. The 12-song record came more than three years after the release of the group’s then latest record, Under The Big Umbrella. This latest release is another successful offering from the collective, too. That is due in part to its featured musical content, which will be discussed shortly. The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical content is also of note and will be examined a little later. The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the record’s presentation. All things considered they make the album another welcome addition to this year’s field of new family music albums.
That Friday Feeling, the latest album from Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – the group’s sixth album and Rymer’s 10th overall – is a presentation that the whole family will find enjoyable. Audiences’ engagement and entertainment in the album is due in part to its featured musical content. From beginning to end, the arrangements vary just enough throughout. Right from the record’s outset, its title track, audiences get an arrangement that easily lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Sister Hazel. That is evidenced through Rymer’s vocal delivery and how it pairs with the use of the piano line and guitar. The steady-mid-tempo kept throughout along with the layered choral effect add even more to that sense. ‘Cheer You Up,’ which immediately follows, immediately creates thoughts of works from John Fogerty. From there, the group goes into a more tropical direction a la Jimmy Buffett in ‘Babies of Summer.’ ‘Don’t Worry About That Now,’ which comes later in the record’s run, gives audiences a country style approach that keeps things just as interesting with a distinct Tom Petty-esque sound and style. The bluegrass styling of ‘Seven Hours of Sun,’ which comes even later in the album’s 42-minute run, lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show. ‘Yes We Can Can,’ continues the change, taking the record in a distinct soulful gospel direction as Rymer and company sing about unity. This will be discussed a little later. ‘Gonna Sleep Well Tonight’ continues to keep things changing, giving audiences a fun, upbeat rockabilly arrangement. It continues to show the diversity in the record’s musical side and just why the record’s musical content is so important to its presentation. From one song to the next, audiences continue to get something different throughout the record, musically speaking. That variance forms a solid foundation for the album on which the equally diverse lyrical content rests.
The lyrical content featured throughout the album is just as diverse as the record’s musical content throughout. As noted already, the lyrical theme promoting unity in ‘Yes We Can Can’ is just one of the many themes that Rymer and company present throughout the album. Rymer reminds audiences here that, people can come together and need to unite. He clearly says we need to “iron out our problems as sisters and brothers” and “learn to love one another.” This is a familiar theme from the family music realm and is just as welcome as ever here. On another note, Rymer and company talk to parents in another way in ‘Don’t Worry About That Now.’ In this case, the song serves as a reminder to parents that it is okay for them to be tired and put things off every now and then. “When we wake tomorrow morning/We’ll put it all back in its place/For just this once/Don’t worry about that now,” he sings in the song’s chorus. He reminds people that messes happen and to just take it all in stride. It is a message that every parent (and child) will appreciate. Moving back up the track listing a little bit more, the early entry that is ‘Cheer You Up’ is yet another example of the variance presented throughout the album. In the case of this song, it is a simple straight forward song about a person who is trying to help make another person’s day better in the simplest of ways, by singing a song, telling a joke, making a silly face, etc. It is a happy theme that when coupled with the song’s infectious vintage rock style arrangement gains even more impact. When it is considered along with the other themes examined here and with the rest of the album’s lyrical themes, the whole of the record’s diverse lyrical themes make for even more engagement and entertainment for audiences of all ages.
As much as the album’s overall lyrical and musical content does to make this record so enjoyable, the album’s sequencing rounds out its most important items. As has been noted here, the overall content is diverse. That diversity is taken into full account with the sequencing. Throughout the course of the album, the content changes on both sides constantly keeping things interesting musically and lyrically. At the same time, the album’s energy remains relatively stable throughout even as the arrangements change from one to the next. In other words, it is clear that plenty of thought and consideration was given to all of the content in assembling the record’s body. That consideration results in a sequencing that creates a positive general effort for the album. When that general effect is considered along with the album’s content, the whole makes the album overall a successful new effort from Rymer and his fellow musicians that is a welcome addition to this year’s field of new family music albums.
That Friday Feeling, the latest album from family entertainment act Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, is an enjoyable new offering from the group. Its success comes in part through its featured musical arrangements. The arrangements are important because of their variety. There is plenty of content that harkens back to works from so many respected veteran rock acts, such as John Fogerty, Tom Petty, and even Bruce Springsteen. The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical content are just as diverse as that content. From the serious, socially conscious to the more lighthearted, the themes will resonate with audiences of all ages. The sequencing takes everything noted into full account and in doing so creates a positive general effect in its own right, completing the album’s overall picture. Each item examined is important in its own right to the whole of the recording. All things considered, they make the album a presentation that is sure to give any listener a happy feeling.
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