Thursday, March 25, 2010
It looks like Highway Child is following 60s/70s traditions in more ways than one. It’s been less than a year since the Danish quartet put out its debut On the Old Kings Road, and we’ve already got a follow-up – none of this modern-day four-years-between-albums crap. Sanctuary Come builds considerably on the first record’s blues rock foundation, incorporating more acid, more harmonies and more (gasp) hooks. When the Sun Burned the Ground gets all warm and psychedelic, In the End, Once is Once Too Much and the piano-driven title track are out-and-out pop songs (and damn good ones at that), and the acoustic folk of Born On the Run and Dear Girl is even farther afield from the amp-frying antics on Kings Road. The band still rocks butt, of course – cf. Turn Me On. But Sanctuary Come is a growth spurt on par with what happened between the Pretty Things’ Get the Picture and S.F. Sorrow, minus the transitional Emotions. Highway Child is making for a pretty good lookin’ teenager – I can’t wait to see what it’s like as an adult.
- Michael Toland