Making a solid record is like creating a “perfect storm” of music—all the instruments must be precisely aligned and in time, with the vocal performance cutting through and above the instruments, tying the whole project together. In Like Lions latest album, Through Red & Blue, harnesses all of those qualities to forge a truly impressive collection of pop songs. The record, set to drop this Valentine’s Day, is a unique combination of Top 40 pop sound, soul, and R&B, with a splash of rock n’ roll added for good measure.
The album opens with an ethereal, spacey instrumental that is highlighted by drums that sound like they are straight from a Fine Young Cannibals track. This piece flows perfectly into the next song, "Far Away," a soft rock number that showcases lead-singer Troy Ramey’s vocal abilities. Ramey’s vocals are the driving force behind the record, adding a dynamic and powerful element to each track.
"Honey" is the stand-out track on Through Red & Blue, complete with up-tempo guitar riffs and a hook so catchy you’ll be singing the words long after the song is over. I found myself drawing comparisons to the Counting Crows throughout the entire album, but “Honey” is one particular song where Ramey’s similarities to Adam Duritz are quite striking.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Through Red & Blue. In Like Lions have found the formula for making great pop songs and seem poised to make a huge impact on the Boston (and New England) music scene with this latest release. Check out the band’s Facebook page or inlikelions.com for more music and updates about the band and don’t forget to grab a copy of Through Red & Blue for you or a loved one this February 14th.--Daniel McMahon