While, the lyrics may get dark, we still hear a sophisticated banjo with a deep smooth cello, and carefully blended harmony at just the right key. Really who could ask for more to endure life's bitter game?
The albums second track "Broken Chair" is my favorite because of the
low bass notes coming from Chris and Thomas. Again, we have a lyrical message "you
try to so hard to mend what's bound to fall apart," a simple yet
profound proverb on the transitory life.
“Take these thoughts” is a song that accentuates Chris and Thomas' unique ability to sing together. Coupled with the mandolin and guitar, the tempo increases to a crescendo, ending with a Chris and Thomas grand finale duet.
"Riversong" is aptly titled in that this is a song that could have
been played on the river banks of the Mississippi throughout the ages. It could
cross for a southern gospel river standard if it wanted to.
If comparisons need to be made, then the final song "Horse in the Sky"
is dead on for the original guitar wielding duo Simon & Garfunkel.
"Horse in the Sky" was co-written with John Debney (composer,
including Passion of the Christ original score, which was nominated
for an Academy Award). "Horse in the Sky” has an amazing balance between voice, percussion, an upright bass and melody.
Land of the Sea will take you to a place a little bit dryer where the natural laws governing sound are in full display. Beyond the haze you’ll hear a mandolin, banjo, and dobra being plucked, performance and the elegant agreement of two voices.