There are some album titles that basically spoil you a record in its entirety. Of course, you cannot always guide yourself by the cover of anything because as the said goes, you might end up getting fooled. Now, as in any movie, this could be a great thing as you already set your mind for what’s coming; but it is when you raise your expectations that you end up walking in a sort of a mined field. Me personally as a reviewer, it’s something you need to get used to when you are writing reviews almost in a bulk, as the mood and genres abruptly changes in just a blink.
That being said, Light-Footed Hours by Dallas’ Blue Apollo is as cinematic and heart-warming as you will expect from looking at the comic. The face of the woman in the cover perfectly describes the sound of the album, as even when the band goes for some upbeat rhythms, it always seems to feel a bit not sad but rather lay down. The band takes some of the melodic undertones that defines artists like John Mayer, but bring out their own touches that slightly set them apart from everyone else. They really know how to play with the singer-songwriter musical aspects and blend it into their own music.
There isn’t too much negative things to report, but music does tends to sound a bit repetitive as the album progresses. Some will find that more than fine; but as a guy who enjoys eclectic music, that turned me off a bit. But the length make it up for me as it was enough. I do really hope they get to grow either outside or within their own musical realm, play with different melodies (clearly this guys are big fans of it) and expand their own universe.
Criteria - 80%
In the end, Light-Footed Hours is a great record for those who enjoy relaxing and quiet Alternative music a la The Fray, John Mayer and Goo Goo Dolls or every Christian Contemporary band out there. This is just their first record, so there's definitely more to learn for this young band and hopefully they keep together and manage to exploit that great talent they have, going out and looking for new horizons. In the meantime, this is a good and accessible first album.