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Reviewed by - Matt Rowe

Wild Sweet Orange
The Whale EP

There’s a good selection of rock ‘n’ roll music running through this fore-running EP from Wild Sweet Orange, a new group from Birmingham, AL.  Beginning with “Wrestle With God,” a lively piece that blends older elements of rock, with a slightly current sound.  It speeds up and slows down with its own mood changes.  It’s followed by an acoustic version of “Tilt” – I haven’t heard the electric version – that is soft and introspective but highly listenable. 

The remaining three songs evoke memories of parts Coldplay (“Land of No Return”), and parts of other bands that we have heard elsewhere.  But this does not make the band a bad listen or incorrigibly derivative.  It makes them a part of the refreshing listens that we, as audiences, have been getting from very good bands as of late.

The southern band is getting some early buzz, which is well-deserved after having heard this excellent 5-track teaser that precedes the band’s upcoming album, which is expected to be released on a Columbia Records subsidiary label called Canvasback Records.

I very happy with this EP even if all I get to judge with are 5 songs.  But, in this case, it’s more than enough to realize that we have something special going on within Wild Sweet Orange.

Release Date: November 06, 2007
Produced by: Preston Lovinggood & WSO
Format: CD

Track Listing:

Wrestle With God / Tilt (Acoustic) / Be Careful (What You Want) / Land of No Return / I'm Coming Home.

Wild Sweet Orange:

Preston Lovinggood - Vocals / Guitar
Garret Kelly - Guitar / Vocals
Chip Kilpatrick - Bass
Matt Parsons - Drums
Taylor Shaw - .

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