The new album from Ft. Worth’s own Green River Ordinance (GRO) was released a few weeks ago. I’ve been able to listen to the entire album a couple times and I’m impressed at how good a release this is. I initially found GRO by a random “give-away” by NoiseTrade. My son and I constantly blurt out “She beats right through to the heart of me, to the part of me, that I can’t explain!” Their new album, Fifteen, dives much deeper into their country roots, which might alienate a few listeners, but the album is still very strong.
The album starts off with probably their weakest song of the album, Keep Your Cool is choppy and light. I’m surprised it was ordered so early, but once you get past this one you are good. Red Fire Night is a great song. It’s currently charting high on the Folk charts (GRO has been snubbed from the Country charts regardless of the fact that many artists that make Billboard’s country charts aren’t country at all…), and for good reason. It is a classic feel-good, Texas bonfire song.
Green River Ordinance - Red Fire Night (Official Music Video)
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Maybe It’s Time (Gravity) reminds me of some classic 60s-70s tunes, although grounded in modern pop. The next two songs are actually quite similar. While Simple Life is a classic ballad, Tallahassee is classic country. The next song is, honestly, probably the the best ballad I’ve heard in years. You, Me & the Sea curls beautiful prose into a melody that sticks with you…love this song.
You, Me & The Sea
Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group International You, Me & The Sea · Green River Ordinance Fifteen ℗ 2015 Residence Music Released on: 2016-01-22 Producer: Jordan Critz Author, Composer: Green River Ordinance Auto-generated by YouTube.
The pop tune Always Love Her transitions well into Endlessly. A song that already has a strong following from GRO’s previous released EP. An overtly Christian and testimonial song, Only God Knows, is punchy and strong, that it’s place so late in the album is a bit of a surprise. Rounding out the album is the blues-esque Life in the Wind and another solid ballad Keep My Heart Open.
Enjoy the entire album, courtesy of YouTube, and then head over to Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, or Residence Music to purchase the album for yourself.
Fifteen by Green River Ordinance
Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group International · Green River Ordinance - Fifteen ℗ 2015 Residence Music Released on: 2016-01-22 Producer: Paul Moak Author, Composer: Green River Ordinance Auto-generated by YouTube.