Come Back As Rain
Label: Sargent House
Good Old War are just good old innocuous fun. The Philly trio's third album offers more of their Crosby, Stills & Nash harmonies folded into twangy, foot-stompin' folk pop that springs with a Paul Simon-esque bounce and a Beatles-like playfulness, circa Help! But under that fluffy guise are some lovesick bards, slightly skeptical ("You have amazing eyes/ The right one's suspicious and the left one wants my love") but always hopeful. Their lyrics may not be particularly profound ("Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring/ That's why we rely on hope"), but good old fun shouldn't have to be, right?