The Bluetones – Golden Soul: More Than Pretty Harmonies

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The Bluetones’ new single is full of warm and mellow California-style countrified harmonies.  Like Beachwood Sparks and Goldrush, their influences draw from Neil Young, the late Beach Boys, and The Yardbirds, among others.  Lyrically, the song is deep, questioning yourself and hanging onto your inner purity and values when you are in the midst of success.  Well, that’s how I interpreted them, anyway.  The chorus, “golden soul, you burn and glow”, is a memorable, lovely harmony.  The repeating banjo riff would be corny except that it suits the mood of the song, which seems to praise a simple approach to enjoying life and pursuing bliss. This song is very easy to fall into and worth more than one close listen.

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