Bay Area Funk and Soul band, Idiot Grins, peel back their layers and delve into a state of perpetual wonder throughout their latest album release, ‘State of Health’, while accompanied by the lovely and soulful The Byrd Sisters.
Kicking off with the first track, “Get Busy Dying”, the gang seduces listeners with a cool and smooth instrumental opening leading into lyrical contemplation sparking thought on the chapters of our lives that lead us into a place of complacency while subconsciously reminding listeners to free themselves from their shackles and break-free from the known. The second track, “Frock”, is an eclectic blend laced with Funk and a charismatic lyrical approach that takes root in remaining conscious of our everyday endeavors and ensuring to not allow ourselves to fall into destructive, habitual patterns. The fourth track, “Build It”, is an album highlight that soars to new heights as abundant introspection launches listeners forward into an inspirational realm that sparks the light within as the ladies of The Byrd Sisters add an element of feminine elegance that calls attention to the wonders within embracing diversity within the creative process. “Unkind” is the fifth track in which Lead Vocalist, John Hansen, mimics the vocal style of Seal within his ‘Human Beings’ days over a track that spills the beans on ensuring not to hand out your most precious riches too hastily.
The sixth track, “That’s Some Funky Business”, is abounding with positive vibes and summer lovin’ as it serves as the perfect track for hanging around the barbeque with family and loved ones. “Take it Back” is the eighth track that is the musical representation of an optimistic state of mind lyrically shedding energy collected that no longer carries what meshes with the healthy flow that is building inside of members of Idiot Grins. “Dream” is the tenth track that takes a turn into a piece that mimics a track by The Piano Man while the horns enhance the tracks intention of celebrating the ability to step into a brighter version of yourself. “Breathe” is the twelfth track that laments the desire to ease into separation as the embrace of recognizing that we as human beings simply travel down different roads in life is felt. Closing out with “Big Starry Night”, Idiot Grins continue to shed light within the minds of listeners as a band that is able to dip their toes into multiple genres with ease, fluidity and grace.
Idiot Grins had some help from heavy-hitters throughout the creation of this album, yet they possess an array of talent that leads them in the direction of becoming heavy-hitters themselves. If you’re a fan of fellow musicians such as Tower of Power, Chicago, Santana and Billy Joel, then dive into ‘State of Health’ on Spotify.
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