ALO : : FLY BETWEEN FALLS (Lagmusic 2004)

The Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) have finally struck gold with their latest release, Fly Between Falls. Having spent the last 15 years touring relentlessly and beefing up their fan base, the band has now put their efforts into recording a wonderful group of well written and highly composed songs. Jam packed with fan favorites such as "Barbeque," the anthem-esque "Shapeshifter" and "IV Song," the four-piece band has begun to carve their niche as one of the most likeable and contagious acts to sprout out of California in the past few years.

Ace musician and long time friend of the band, Jack Johnson adds vocals and guitar work to "Girl, I Wanna Lay You Down" which jumps out as one of the many radio friendly tunes on the ten track album. Zach Gill's sultry voice and song writing talents are a definite highlight as he tells crafty tales of child birth, love lost and where to lay your dreams down to rest. In addition to song writing and singing, Gill is also responsible for both Rhoades and ukulele duties as he leads this tightly knit group of life long friends and musicians.

Steve Adams' bass is without question the backbone of the album, showcasing a groove that is both classy and not overdone. Dan Lebowitz's acoustic guitar work throughout the album is nothing short of jaw dropping. Drummer David Brogan not only holds a marriage with Adams' infectious bass lines, but lends his voice to two of the strongest tracks on the album, both "Fly" and "IV Song." While "Fly" addresses the reality of death and the beauty in life, "IV Song" is a memoir of the bands' old college stomping ground of Santa Barbara.

With just the right amount of production on Fly Between Falls, one can not help but smile wide and reach over to replay this beautifully arranged album that inspires, addicts and liberates the listener. To anyone out there searching for their new favorite band, pick up the Animal Liberation Orchestra's new album, Fly Between Falls, you may just find what you're looking for.

Matt Layton
JamBase | San Francisco
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[Published on: 12/1/04]

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