Sugarcane Jane come out of left field with Ruffled Feathers; Songs In The Key Of Me and hit one out of the park during the uncertain time when music takes and answers the call. This duo from Alabama pull no punches on what is their introduction to-me but their tenth album release. It plays like they’ve been around, but it also plays like a modern- day country album with blues, rock and even some soul mixed in for a very Americana blend. Well suited for country and rock radio stations, as well as folk, of which it also contains much.
The finer things in life to me start with music, and this opener took me by surprise until it got going and I found the groove. “Feelings In A Song’ really hits you in the heart once it is over. The good thing is what comes next it more uplifting as it goes, and the music just plays on with total abandon. “Gonna Grow Me A New Mind” is an outstanding song that gets the blood pumping and keeps it that way throughout. These two sing so fantastically together they’re undeniably awesome in every way, it just can’t be put into words.
“Answer Of The Day” is great too, just another stormer to behold, as they keep bring more and more to the table with that and the infectious “Good Book Stories.” These two are a bit like yin and yang together, while “Waiting On Answers” has its own singular place without going out of context with the rest of the album. It’s one of my go to tracks for sure, it’s up there with the most recommended tracks. “LET The Media” is too, as it reaches a peak where Ruffled Feathers; Songs In The Key Of Me is concerned.
“Long Overdue” bring about a change and change is good because it’s really what these songs inspire us to do, more than anything. It’s also about taking our time to find out where we are even going, as we lose so much along the way of life. This song makes you think and open your mind and fight for your freedom and want to put it into action. It’s actually quite liberating or can be if you listen to the lyrics and not just the music. I found it to be one of the deepest tracks with-the exception of two or three others.
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“That’s What I See” is a track getting attention already, as this album was made very quickly and pout out for obvious reasons during the Covid-19 lockdown and that is also why it speaks a message about America to the people of the world. “Waking Up America” fits in right behind that sentiment, as it also picks back up and makes you think with a bold demanding chorus. There is no way you cannot tap your toe to this incendiary country rock barnstormer. But the album also would not be complete without the sublime closer “Holy Spirit” to keep you reminded with a brooding instrumental, that life is what we make it.
by Bethany Page