Yesterday Flatland Cavalry released their latest album. I cannot help but say that I miss that little Lubbock Based band that I grew to love.
I am listening to Welcome to Countryland, the new album by Flatland Cavalry, honestly I am not thoroughly impressed. Although, the album does have some sweet sentiments from Cleto Cordero’s roots, such as his poetic lyrics that shine out through some of the songs on the record, for instance the song, “It’s Good to Be Back (Round Here Again)”. Also, I can feel the love that Cordero has for his new wife, Singer/ Songwriter Kaitlin Butts during the love songs, “Life Without You,” and “Well Spent Time.” Kaitlin Butts offers much to the album through her backup harmonies on this album.
I am in total agreement with what the website, “Saving Country Music” had to say.
“Welcome to Countryland isn’t perfect. A couple of the harder songs still seem to not get the levels on the guitar where you would expect them to be for the track to punch.”Saving Country Music
An old saying goes, You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy. In the case of Flatland Cavalry’s third and latest album, I am not so sure that this saying rings true. Under the direction of the album’s producer, Jake Gear, and a new management team It seems that Flatland has evolved to the ways of Nashville and began to step out of the Texas Scene that made them who they are. Some of the songs on the album seemed to run together or even sound like something that had already been done. The musical arrangements were great with the fiddles and steels and guitar work, but the music at times seemed to over power the simple words from Cleto’s tongue.
I am not saying I totally hate the album, but I am saying is that it is simply different. In my opinion it certainly isn’t the best or what I know that Flatland Cavalry is capable of. I realize nobody gets it perfect every time.
I still feel that Cleto Cordero is an accomplished writer. He is a singer/songwriter who has much to offer the world of music. I just hope he remembers that Texas is where his roots are and where many of his fans would like to see him stay.
I know in my heart that Cleto Cordero is here to stay- he has a long career ahead and he isn’t done making good music. The kind of music I want to hear, for now I will take the good with the bad. I am just going to wait for the next Panhandler hit.