After three years of persistent performing and several unsuccessful tries, Decatur acoustic scene regulars Jill and Rhett McAllister have finally released a full-length studio album. Joined by a team of talented players, the duo's songs resonate with the warm strum of gentle, intelligent Americana that doesn't pander to current trends. Eschewing unnecessary country plunk, it stands as a delicate example of modern, defiantly independent folk rock. Producer Will Robertson wisely jumps right into the mix, adding bass, piano, organ, guitar, mandolin and even tambourine, building a nice and easy-swaying framework for the Arlington Priest one-two punch. The dual vocals of the married McAllisters, with their rich, varied textures of timbre, inform the songs with a gauzy, vaguely retro flavor, tinting each delicate memory play like a sun-faded photograph. 4 stars
Arlington Priest's CD release party is at Eddie's Attic on Sat., Sept. 9.
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