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Ghosts Along the Brazos

When It Rains It Pours (Big Bend)

Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Fri., Feb. 14, 2014

Texas Platters

Ghosts Along the Brazos' second effort latches on one word: growth. The five local twenty-somethings were already established players on their own, with résumés that include stints with the Belleville Outfit, Marshall Ford Swing Band, Junior Brown, and Ray Price. Throughout the eight-song, 25-minute When It Rains It Pours the songwriting, ensemble play, and genres attacked – rather than attempted – all sound more luminous. They still rely on swing for a jumping off point, as evidenced by the call and response of "Fool, Fool, Fool," but Connor Forsyth's piano showcase, the instrumental "Corndog Shuffle," possesses a second line beat that's newly contagious for them, while the Beatles-meet-Ben Folds of "I'll Get Home" turns a novel idea in musical reality. Bassist Kristopher Wade's "Thoughts of You in Spring" gets a bit mawkish, a GATB weak spot, but When It Rains It Pours proves they're capable of many different colors.

**.5

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