Although, when I first started listening to Oh Delia it was with an overly critical ear. With high expectations, I questioned whether there was enough variety across the songs and a cohesive focus to some of the solos. Then a funny thing happened. One day, while listening to the album in my car, those concerns went out the window as I found myself happily singing along to the choruses.
I decided to get a 2nd opinion so I took the new Green Boys CD with me when I got together with some friends in Southwest Virginia over this past Memorial Day Weekend. I wasn’t sure how the slower pace of some of the songs would go over, but at a certain point in the evening I decided to nix the crisp, early 80's Grateful Dead show we were grooving to and put on Oh Delia instead. It's not unusual for an album to get cut off in-progess among this bunch of skeptical music lovers, but Oh Delia played all the way through, casting a unique spell over all who were listening.
|The Green Boys on CBS 6 This Morning, 5/17/13|
There are certainly still some things The Green Boys should work on as they continue to hone their art. Nonetheless, Oh Delia stands a fine document of The Green Boys at this moment in time, or at least how they sounded in 2012 in a studio during the making of it. I’m certain that the best is yet to come for these Richmond, VA performers. With a couple more years under their belts, The Green Boys will be ready to have that Senior photo taken.