Boston is a town known for producing some great rock bands such as Aerosmith, Boston, and Dropkick Murphys, but Boston isn’t quite as famous for producing country musicians. That’s starting to change with a band called Juliet and the Lonesome Rangers. A roots-rock band with country, rock ‘n’ roll, and pop influences clearly showing in their debut album. With lead singer, Juliet’s soulful yet powerful voice, and the hard-driving, country rock sound of the Lonesome Romeos, the group sounds if Emmylou Harris had made an album with Steve Earl’s band.
Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos’ debut album, No Regrets has a theme of break-ups, love loss, and heartaches. Coming in at forty minutes, the album is full of powerful rocking tunes and soulful country ballads.
The first song on the album, “No Regrets,” which deals with the singer leaving a lover without having any regrets about the decision has a great sound thanks to the Lonesome Romeos. Juliet’s powerful crooning sound is moving, and is a great way to start out the album. The next song “Wishing Well” has an interesting melody, with choppy but easy flowing guitars during the verses, and pop radio “oohs” and “aahs” during the chorus. The song is about a person whose lover has left them, and they continue to reflect on it throughout the years.
“Narcissus” is a faster pace song that sounds as if it came from an alternative rock band. The forceful drumming on the track keeps the momentum throughout the song, while guitarist Jonas Kahn adds a nice accent to the song. Juliet’s singing on this song is more forceful, and shows she has a range of singing styles.
The country-style ballad, “Faded Highway” sounds as if it could have been recorded by Hank Williams. The song which is about a person, who has suffered from heartbreak, is reflecting on past sufferings and hoping for a brighter future. In this song, amidst Juliet’s almost mournful singing, you can tell she is truly singing from the heart. Another song worth mentioning is the emotional “September Day.” The song tells about the destruction in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos’ debut, No Regrets is an album worth getting. Fans of country or pop will love Juliet’s passionate vocals. This album has something for almost everyone; whether you’re a fan of older traditional country (“Faded Highway”), or newer country (“Wishing Well”), or even rock (“Narcissus”) you’re sure to find something to enjoy with this band from Boston. I believe Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos will be rising up the charts soon, but for now check out No Regrets.
Key Tracks: No Regrets, Narcissus, Faded Highway
Craig Kidd - Contributor MuzikReviews.com
January 24, 2013