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“We’re like baseball and hotdogs/ You’re Ferris Bueller and I’m your day off,” sings Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive on “Know That I Know,” possibly the best lyric to encapsulate the mood and style the band’s crafted on its newest album, Obviously.From start to finish, the record sounds like a set you’d catch at a summer concert series when the days are long and warm, and there was, of course, no pandemic.
It’s the band’s eighth album together and first since 2018’s Free Yourself Up and the nearly 18-month tour that followed. The latest is nothing but a good time start to finish. The group, now a quintet since the addition of tour mate Akie Bermiss, proves its unique way of arranging styles, instruments and genres makes for smooth listening.
The album starts in an upbeat rush with three of the bests songs coming first. There’s “Hypotheticals,” which sets the mood, cluing us into their intentions to keep no style or sound off-limits. Then on “Hush Money,” the power of Price’s singing drives the song over a slightly jazzy, country-inspired track. Her deep, raw vocalizing through the chorus pairs perfecting with the electric guitar. Then comes “Same Old News,” a duet between Price and Bermiss, now a fellow singer, songwriter, keyboardist and even beatboxer for the group. He’s been touring with the band for the last five years, but Obviously is the first time he’s produced music. Their voices alternate and work with one another excellently, bringing a lively, groovy duet to life about an older couple reveling in what others always have to say about them.
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