Canadian country act High Valley released a new album November 18 and it is amazing! Entitled Dear Life this 11 song release makes you want to move your body. It’s seriously that good.
You can’t help but do some knee slapping, toe tapping and head bopping to this music. This will be the duo’s first major label release on Atlantic Records / Warner Music Nashville. Alberta brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel make up the duo and have produced a phenomenal piece of work here.
First thing I noticed was what great production quality there was on this. Dear Life if beautifully mixed and mastered. The arrangements are smart, and the songs are so catchy. I have listened to it fully three times today and I’m already singing along. One measure I use when reviewing an album for the first time is, how will this translate into a live show. After all, I love live! We love live! And this music is going to make people get up out of their seats at High Valley concerts.
Another common characteristic I find on many other albums is that a few big numbers usually end up being released as singles, then there’s a handful of others that carry themselves well and maybe one or two lesser potent numbers. Heck, I’ve even bought albums that had a couple of good songs and the rest were dogs. Have no fear, Dear Life delivers. The sound Brad and Curtis have created is great. The lyrics catchy and meaningful. And as mentioned the production quality is near perfect. There are no dogs on this album. Period. End of story.
The track Every Weeks Got A Friday is currently getting country radio air play, and it’s solid, achieving top 10 status. But there could be as many as 6 solid singles from this album. The anthemic Young Forever sounds like a great set closer to me. I can picture throngs of High Valley fans belting this out with the band at an outdoor summer festival. Love this! Title track Dear Life as well as The Only are a couple of stand out favorites for me as well. There is something for everyone here. Great guitar-forward music, full lush vocals and harmonies fill out the sound and there’s no shortage of up tempo numbers.
Uniquely, High Valley had their fans help in selecting the songs for Dear Life via the band’s app. How cool is that! After all, why not use the songs your fans really love and want. Sounds like a recipe for success to me. The brothers enjoy a massive following on social media (links below), and this album plus upcoming tour dates will only help those numbers to grow.
Looking to add some new country music to your collection? Then you need to add this album.
Don’t miss them on tour with Dean Brody this coming Spring… Tour Dates HERE
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