Music Review: A certain sameness on the Lone Bellow's latest

This image released by Descendant Records/Sony Music Masterworks shows "Walk Into a Storm," the latest release by The Lone Bellow. (Descendant Records/Sony Music Masterworks via AP)

The Lone Bellow, "Walk Into a Storm" (Descendant/Sony Music Masterworks)

Despite soaring vocals, the Lone Bellow's third album only briefly takes off.

Dave Cobb produced "Walk Into a Storm," and it's weighed down with thick arrangements built on keyboards rather than guitar and mandolin. A string section sounds syrupy as it echoes The Verve.

Another culprit is the material, which doesn't quite match the high standard of the Lone Bellow's previous work. The Nashville-based trio tinkers with tempo in interesting ways, but as it focuses on hearts breaking and broken, a certain sameness sets in. Five of the first six songs mention feet — sole music.

Even so, "Walk Into a Storm" has its moments, thanks to the Lone Bellow's distinctive voices. The album's best cuts are rooted Sunday morning, and the angelic harmonies of Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin and Brian Elmquist generate a gospel glow.

The opener "Deeper In the Water" has spiritual fervor, "May You Be Well" is prayerful, and "Feather" will rock the band's true believers. But much of the 10-song set is predictable and unlikely to win many converts.

Must Read

A look at China's foreign policy challenges

Aug 10, 2016

China's simmering feud with South Korea over deployment of an American missile defense system is the latest in a string of foreign policy challenges piling up on President Xi Jinping's desk as he prepares to host next month's annual summit of G20 nations

Beyond 'Obamacare': State initiatives refocus health debate

Aug 9, 2016

Political activists are looking to state ballot questions to move beyond "Obamacare" and refocus the nation's long-running debate over government's role in health care

Valeant's rosy forecast and promised changes, fire up shares

Aug 9, 2016

Drugmaker Valeant posts big 2Q loss, but execs tout turn-around plan and reassured investors drive up shares

People also read these

TV executive predicts 500-show bubble destined to deflate

Aug 9, 2016

Television viewers know there's a mind-boggling array of shows to attempt to watch, but FX Networks chief executive John Landgraf predicts that change is coming

UN bungles response to Africa's yellow fever outbreak

Aug 5, 2016

An AP investigation finds that 1 million doses of yellow fever vaccines vanished in Angola as the World Health Organization's response lagged for months

Trump ignites new firestorm: Gun backers might stop Clinton

Aug 10, 2016

Donald Trump sets off a fresh political firestorm by suggesting gun rights supporters might find a way to stop Hillary Clinton if she's elected and nominates anti-gun Supreme Court justices

Weather, 20 December
Houston Weather
+7

High: +11° Low: -2°

Humidity: 83%

Wind: NNE - 7 KPH

Canberra Weather
+27

High: +27° Low: +17°

Humidity: 87%

Wind: W - 20 KPH

Roissy-en-France Weather
+6

High: +6° Low: -5°

Humidity: 87%

Wind: ENE - 7 KPH

Florence Weather
+9

High: +9° Low: +6°

Humidity: 97%

Wind: ENE - 17 KPH

Parga Weather
+7

High: +16° Low: +4°

Humidity: 100%

Wind: SE - 25 KPH