|Vielversprechendes Sextett aus Orlando/Florida, das mit seinem bereits dritten Album "Wade waist deep" eine starke, kraftvolle Mischung aus swampigem Rootsrock, Southern Rock, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Folk und einer dezenten Prise Country anbietet. Sehr kompaktes Songmaterial mit vielen Balladen, die allerdings mit viel Energie präsentiert werden. Man spürt jederzeit das Southern-Feeling. Zu den Highlights zählen der monumentale Opener "Man out of time", das Titelstück "Wade waist deep" eine toll groovende, sehr melodische, southern-swampige Midtempo-Nummer mit feiner Instrumentierung aus Keyboards und Gitarren, der kräftige, leicht psychedelisch angehauchte, schwerblütige Rocker "You can't hurt me", das balladesk beginnende, dann sehr dynamische "Feel the good", das slow-bluesige "I don't regret", sowie die beiden melodischen Balladen "Heartbreak Alley" und "My eyes won't be open". Das Album enthält ein schönes, 20-seitiges Booklet mit allen Texten.
Hier ein Original U.S-Review des ALbums:
Thomas Wynn and the Believers, a six-piece band from Orlando, Florida, will celebrate the release of its third album Wade Waist Deep this weekend, a 12-track project that manages to sound raw and polished at once. The band has a considerable lack of visibility on rock’s national stage, despite local accolades: voted the Best of Orlando #1 Rock Band from 2009 through 2015 by Orlando Weekly, TW&TB have performed at festivals and in small venues, shared stages with the likes of Gov’t Mule, the Wallflowers, Blackberry Smoke and others, and last year signed with Mascot Label Group, the blues label that’s home to artists like Beth Hart and Eric Gales. It’s difficult to crack the code for success in the music business, but it might be time for TW&TB to earn recognition on a larger scale. The title track "Wade Waist Deep" is a song that has a slow, cautious start before it busts open 90 seconds in with the powerful vocals that lead singer Thomas Wynn is known for. Co-written by Thomas Wynn and Tyler Bryant, the lyrics in “My Eyes Won’t Be Open” are a reaction to the fear of (and determination against) leaving this world with regrets. It’s one of a few notable contemplative tracks on this album, with “Wade Waist Deep” and single “Man Out of Time” offering reflections on loneliness and time expired. Most tracks on Wade Waist Deep deliver clear messages, whether through the stories relayed (like the narrator following his mother’s advice in the title track or remembering the hurt in “Heartbreak Alley”) or the song titles alone (“Feel the Good,” “Man Out of Time” and “We Could All Die Screaming” all cut straight to the point before the songs even begin). Even more compelling than the emotive lyrics is the album’s structure. The presence of keys and organ throughout Wade Waist Deep invites moments that feel almost spiritual, a likely product of the band’s Southern roots. These moments are heard on “Burn as One” and blossom on the sixth track “I Don’t Regret,” which dips into soul with help from keyboardist Colin Fei’s skillful ear and the duet of brother-sister vocal team Thomas and Olivia Wynn. “Man Out of Time” is a dip into Southern rock’s darker, bluesier realm. This mood persists for the rest of the album, with “Mountain Fog” serving as a natural follow-up to “Man Out of Time” and “Turn it Into Gold” crystalizing the vibe as its smoldering beginning builds to a breaking point halfway through that erupts with grinding guitar, crashing percussion and the Wynns’ vocal cries. “Turn it Into Gold” works as a powerful close to the album. (Meghan Roos / Blues Rock Review)