What a pretentious post written by a "journalist" so unobservant as to be incapable of accurately reporting the plot-line of a music video that's a mere two minutes and 42 seconds in duration.
The members of Delta Rae are exceptionally talented, bright, kind, classy and proud of the roots they've put down in Durham.
It's unfortunate Independent Weekly doesn't sent similar standards when selecting those who write and blog for the publication.
It is tribute to Delta Rae's talent, drive and diligent rehearsal that a critic could actually knock the music because the finished product "sounds too easy." Anyone who chats with Eric, Ian, Brittany and Elizabeth -- plus "full band" mates Mike and Mark McKee -- and who experiences this group live, will not mistake them for "The Partridge Family" meets "A Mighty Wind" meets "Glee."
I'll grant that some of the lyrics are a decade or so beyond the fresh, handsome faces singing them. You picked the most notable example: "So young we started in love; too old to start again now." I think that's attributable to smarter, wiser minds than most people their age; older souls inhabiting bodies still well in their prime.
But at least when they're still singing these songs to adoring audiences decades from now, listeners won't question the sincerity of such sentiment. Unlike, say, every reunion-tour group cashing in during their 50s and 60s by singing about all-night parties and high school romance.
Very interesting review, and I appreciate your giving this artist and group a listen. The EP is good, and yet they're better live.
Wylie Hunter's energy is infectious and his voice even more gripping when you can see and appreciate the heart and soul he pours into the performance. And the guys around him are so obviously having a great time.
Keep an eye and an ear out for Wylie Hunter & the Cazadores around Chapel Hill and throughout the Triangle. It will be a set you won't regret.
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