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The Walcotts

Let the Devil Win – 2016 (Local Hero)

Reviewed by Andie Burjek

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The Walcotts, if anything, are fun. The Los-Angeles-based quartet has a grand ol' time on their debut, "Let the Devil Win." Along with country, the 12 songs also borrow from soul, blues and R&B, and the combination is charming, especially with its use of harmonies and a variety of instruments, including horns, pedal steel, piano and fiddle.

The album itself is more memorable as a whole than its individual songs, for the most part, but with a few exceptions. The first track, "Should Have Been Me," is an enthralling mix of country and R&B, which draws you in with its energy and its angst. The jazzy piano and horns bring soul to the song.

The use of its many instruments to set a certain tone and set a certain scene is something that The Walcotts carry to the other songs as well. Some of these instrumentals, like in "Should Have Been Me" and "By The Morning" invoke something darker and more seductive, whereas in songs like "Helping Hand (Austin 4am)" the tone is more carefree and energetic. Another standout, "Helping Hand" feels like letting go. There's nothing serious, and it's loads of fun. Similarly with "Let Me Take You Home Tonight," which also sets that energetic vibe.

Some songs get lost in the mix, overshadowed by these stronger numbers, but as the whole "Let The Devil Win" is an accomplishment for a debut. The Walcotts have some talented voices and a wide array of instruments for that big band feel.