Album Review

Silverada - Silverada

Fiery and bold, yet still uniquely tender, Silverada is a superb testament to their artistry and a promise that this next chapter will be filled with many more adventures from one of America’s greatest country bands.

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June 27, 2024 1:59 pm GMT

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Silverada - Silverada

Label: Prairie Rose Records

Producer: Adam Odor

Release Date: June 28, 2024

Tracklisting:

1. Radio Wave
2. Anywhere But Here
3. Eagle Rare
4. Doing It Right
5. Stubborn Son
6. Wallflower
7. Stay By My Side
8. Something I’m Working On
9. Load Out
10. Hell Bent For Leather

Under the fresh moniker Silverada, Mike and the Moonpies carve out their next musical chapter with a razor sharp ninth studio album. Recorded at Yellow Dog Studios, the band, composed of Mike Harmeier, Taylor Englert, Catlin Rutherford, Omar Oyoque and Zachary Moulton, demonstrate their steadfast commitment to bringing the inspired vision for their new album and group name to life.

Fans of the fivesome shouldn’t fear too much change, though, as this self-titled collection is an assured, rightful evolution of their storied catalog. The ten songs succeed by extending their known strengths into elevated sonic territories, all of which exemplify why Silverada – a treasured fixture in neotraditional country – are synonymous with the Texas music scene.   

On one hand, ‘Radio Waves’ is an intoxicating ride, an unsettling celebration of life on the road with a new wave groove that adds a bright dimension to Harmeier’s vocals. On the other, rough and rambling ‘Anywhere But Here’ and reflective ‘Stubborn Son’ are strikingly enhanced from a production standpoint, yet reminiscent of the band’s beloved 2018 album, Steak Night at the Prairie Rose. Here, Harmeier continues to advance his craft with stirring descriptors like “sharp shooters chewing up the ground” and “voted like a victim.”

With such full-bodied commitment to storytelling, Harmeier’s songwriting remains authentic and utterly relatable. It provides a vivid framework for the rest of the band to bring forth a diverse array of arrangements like on dancefloor rouser ‘Wallflower’ and front porch traditional ‘Stay By My Side.’ The former thumps with guitar heat, producing a growl of sexuality, whereas the dusty acoustics of the latter swing and sway with a nod to the great Guy Clark.

Silverada is a rich collection. Fiery and bold, yet still uniquely tender, it’s a superb testament to their artistry and a promise that this next chapter will be filled with many more adventures from one of America’s greatest country bands.

9/10

Silverada’s self-titled 2024 project is available everywhere June 28 via Prairie Rose Records.

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Written by Soda Canter
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