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Re: “Delta Rae's Carry the Fire

There seems to be this running irritation that the music department of IndyWeek has for Delta Rae. They were snarky the first time they reviewed one of the band's concerts, downright dismissive when they reported that the band had signed with Sire, teeter toward pessimism in the cover story by Klein this week, and now systematically find fault with just about every single on the record.

Did one of the Hölljes clan shoot your puppy or something? Here we have a very talented band, a band capable of show-stopping performances and with the potential to break big nationally, based here in Durham. Why on earth can't you be a little more supportive?

Is "Carry the Fire" perfect? No, it's not. Having followed the band since they opened for Carbon Leaf at a concert we attended up in Richmond, I can point to certain songs that I feel have been overly polished and glitzed up or ones that simply don't make sense. But it's a good enough debut record to help these musicians on their way to achieving their dreams and every person I've shared it with or played it for has found something they like or a song that stuck in their head.

Please rethink your approach, Klein and Currin, before you drive all of our homegrown music talent away with your attitudes.

22 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by avidbeader on 07/25/2012 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Delta Rae's self-titled debut

Wow, am I ever glad I saw Delta Rae live, when they opened for Carbon Leaf at the Cradle, before reading an opinion like this. These "kids" have the talent and creativity to make a big splash if they get the publicity and support from the local scene. Instead, you give them a slap on the wrist for being too mature in their lyrics? For being too showy? I was very impressed with them, with the multi-faceted music and the amazing showmanship that had them rocking the house. I think you could have voiced what you weren't sure about in Delta Rae's music without coming off as dismissive.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by avidbeader on 12/20/2010 at 10:41 PM

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