Brooklyn’s The Poison Tree doesn’t sound like they are putting out their debut album, but rather that they are in the prime of their career, taking an introspective look back on what they’ve accomplished. Not quite rock, although rocking at times; not quite lounge, yet very laid back at others. This self-titled album is filled to the brim with emotion and the skill to back it up.
The haunting “Never Know Me” is a definite highlight of the album — the eerie backing vocals make it sound like a plea on someone’s death bed for understanding. It is Steve Salett’s vocals and their interactions with the simplistic guitar work that make the whole album carry this haunting feel.
“Lesson for You Kid” is a beauty as well, with occasional touches of Mick Jagger in the vocals, Sea Wolf and Elvis Perkins in the music, and a boat load of other complimentary comparisons. “Mirror Door” is another one of the greats from the album — a little more hopeful and upbeat, and an entirely appropriate way to end an album, which leans on the heavier side throughout it. Altogether, pleasant in a rainy day sort of way.
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