Stepping into the 4th collection of songs from Boston’s mysterious Beware Wolves felt like meeting with an old friend. At this point, we’re approaching the midpoint. So, let’s discover this volume, and see what tricks the artist utilized to keep things fresh and exciting for this album.
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Populated with the artist’s songs that start with H, all the one to the ones starting with L, and featuring a waxing gibbous on its sleeve, we’re one step short of a full moon now. Beware Wolves starts this collection with Holding Out. This gorgeous acoustic piece sees the artist airing out some personal information about their shortcomings when it comes to expressing themselves. This is set against a stark acoustic guitar performance that features the rare overdub. The guitar is dynamic, and the strumming takes multiple shapes in this composed part that makes use of the artist’s skill for arranging multiple parts. The mix is warm and accommodating and both guitars and voice sound fitting and in harmony. How We Roll is one of Beware Wolves’ most dynamic parts. With a watery verse-chorus structure that has everything from pre to post choruses, bridges, and everything in between, the song is always in motion. Shame that the guitar at points sounded excessively compressed, crushed to the point of distortion, and that the harmonies falter, for the first time in my recollection, in perfectly backing the main vocal part, making it sound like a competition when they get louder in the second half of the song. If Than I is far less confusing than its title. The music and the words are endlessly sweet, speaking of how the artist wants to be the one who treats the subject of those words right and kind, and how he wants to be the one to come along and take their hand. The words are lovely, and the arrangement is so sparse, populated by a warm, minimal guitar, and hushed harmonies. Tasty.
In The Rain is a simplistic pop song that uses a beautiful composition that moves in a front and back motion in its progression that makes it incredibly easy on the ears. Inbound Ride is another stunner in which the harmonies are back to being a perfect accompaniment for the colorful main vocal line. A thin guitar part provides the musical basis for this ride that speaks of life in the modern world, being exhausted by the rapid pace of it all, and longing for a long break. Just in Time has a beautifully playful guitar part with some of the most sincere, direct, and loving lyrical parts throughout this album, the harmonies are in order and the warm acoustic is mixed in perfectly. Just Might has a very recognizable slapback delay on the acoustic guitar, which calls to mind 2 distinct tunes that we heard on the first volume. The composition is heartfelt with a dash of dramatic chords that manage to successfully spice up the whole affair. Lay Down Love has intensely romantic lyrics that close this collection on a reaffirming, loving note.
At this point, what we’ve come to expect from Beware Wolves is really simple. Serene acoustic songwriting, compelling lyrics with narratives that run from the dreamy, loving fantasies to the grounded confessions of shortcomings, exhaustion, and love. His music is earthy and warm, and while it falters at points, it holds an insanely consistent quality that points the fingers towards a completely capable and professional musician.