Medicine by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

The latest album from Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors lives up to its title,Medicine. The record balances a recognition of the burdens of regret, fear, loneliness, and brokenness with the hope and solace that come from friendship, love, faith, and music.

Early on, “Tightrope” confesses, “I feel like an old soul/I feel like a sinking ship/can’t get no sleep/can’t just let it be/like I’m walkin’ on a tightrope.” But the song doesn’t live only in the shadows; it also points to the hope that love offers.

The song “Sisters Brothers” is a call to combat fear with loving action, encouraging listeners to “stand up for each other.” And in the final track, “When It’s All Said and Done,” he reminds us, “We all need more time, we all need more forgiveness/mercy is not something you can steal or shatter.”

The music and Holcomb’s voice span the genres of folk, rock, and country. If day-to-day life and the bad news of the day have worn you down, this mellow and heartening work might be just the right medicine. (Magnolia)

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