Song Review -DEHD “Stars” from the album Blue Skies
What can I say…I love this band and have been a fan for awhile. I had previously heard “Bad Love” off this album which I believe was an early release on Bandcamp. Having just checked back in and saw this entire album was available I had to jump at the chance to review one song 🙂
This track (and the album as a whole) is a very familiar DEHD song in all of the best ways…slightly eccentric guitar & smooth vocals from Jason Balla, simple & poignant rhythm from Eric McGrady and bellicose vocals & bass from Emily Kempf. Listening to this song puts you in the mood to break out into a hypnotic dance groove.
Strange things happen. I know I have said it before and it still mostly holds true…the cover is never better than the original. Then, just the other day I was kicking around online looking for music from Ohio-based bands and came across Olathia. More specifically, I came across their album Madness Reigns which contains covers of two Savatage songs. How long had it been since I had thought of that band? Well, it had been awhile indeed, although I did remember the song Believe from their Streets: Rock Opera album. Thinking about Savatage took me on a little rabbit hole adventure involving the death of Criss Oliva, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and that oddly unsettling cover to their Gutter Ballet album….I pulled the plug at that point and went back to to this cover of Believe by Olathia.
I have to say…I was pretty impressed and it might actually be…better than the original. Chris E. has a great voice and is backed by solid musicians. They give this song that soaring yet somber tone that makes these kind of anthem-style songs really work. There is a better depth of sound and ambiance in this version that the original…in my opinion anyway 🙂 Definitely take a few minutes to listen to it and let me know what you think.
Some songs are amazing in their relative simplicity and this is one of the classics. A song like this you can just wrap around yourself while sitting on the porch passing the time on a cool evening. The music that accompanies the strong vocal treatment really helps as the clean rhythm and airy pedal-steel relax your mind and add a very warm tone. Feel free to put it on repeat and chill out for a long time.