ACL Music Fest 2014 Sunday Review

ACL Music Fest 2014 Sunday Review

Reuben and the Dark

Funeral Sky (Arts & Crafts)

Crossing Mumford & Sons and Coldplay, Reuben and the Dark pumps indie folk with enough steroids to fill arenas. Not that Funeral Sky wallows in melodrama. Heart nailed to sleeve throughout, Reuben Bullock sings with a sense of resignation, giving even towering anthems "Bow and Arrow," "Can't See the Light," and "Shoulderblade" just enough understatement. "A Memory's Lament" and "Rolling Stone" add the requisite banjo for proper folk flavor, while "Standing Still" lays down a wrenching piano ballad. As trendmongering as Funeral Sky feels, Bullock hits every target he aims for dead center. With its soaring melodies, earthy drama, and honest craft, Reuben and the Dark wins. (1pm, Miller Lite stage)

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