Bear’s Den – Red Earth & Pouring Rain

Music often defines a moment or a period of your life or a person. Songs you remember from a holiday, relationship or that your parents always listened too can instantly transport you back in time.

Appearing as a recommended album on Spotify I listened to Bears Den recent album for the first time in late 2016 and although I didn’t fully appreciate it on my first play – it has slowly become one of my most memorable albums of 2017.

A British folk rock band from London, Bears Den have been around since 2012 with several EP’s and two studio albums. They have also been nominated for several music awards including the Ivor Novello for Best Song Musically and Lyrically in 2015

Their latest studio album ‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’ is an engaging well-constructed blend of folksy ballads and 80s pop.

As an LP it flows, with several highlight tracks, but primarily it is the riffs and intros that capture your attention as the tracks play throughout this calm and reassuring album.

Red Earth & Pouring Rain will forever be associated with my second son. Ahead of Baby A’s birth, I was feeling anxious about the arrival of our second child (a character trait I only have only experienced during Mrs M’s pregnancies and the first few weeks of our babies arrival). The warmth of this album helped me through, providing a relaxing audible comfort blanket to cling onto as the whirlwind of a newborn became a reality.

Red Earth & Pouring Rain

The opening track captures the essence of the album; it combines a nostalgic warmth of the 80s and early 90s with hints of T-Pau, Snow Patrol, early Eagles and Jimmy Eat World.

Gently moving from track to track there is calming progression throughout the album, with each song independent from the previous, but placed with purpose.

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Listening to the album whilst driving on the open road, on my own, at work, or to encourage Baby A to sleep – it somehow engages and fits each environment.

The American style pop rock of the title track ‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’, ‘Emeralds’ and ‘Dew on the Vine’ deliver an uptempo groove which is contrasted beautifully by magical tracks such as ‘Broken Parable’, ‘Roses on a breeze’ and the haunting ‘Love Can’t Stand Alone’.

‘Dew on the Vine’ is another stand out track that transports you to audible tranquillity.

‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’ is the musical equivalent of cuddling up on the sofa with a glass of wine and the perfect partner to watch a film, while it is cold and rainy outside. A blend of comfort, happiness, and positivity without having to dance around the house in your underpants.

Album Review

Bears Den have produced a rounded LP that takes you on your own journey. It lets the listener drift into their interpretation of each track but keeps them close by, with gorgeous melodies and enchanting vocals.

As an album it is a complete composition, flowing throughout with no sudden shocks or surprises.

I have thoroughly enjoyed ‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’ by Bear’s Den. Well written and produced, the album is a calming blend of soft rock and folksy vocals that I hope to add to my vinyl collection so I can reflect on this magical time when Baby A is older.

Please let me know what you think and if you have any recommendations of similar albums I should be looking out for.

Red Earth & Pouring Rain
  • Album Review - 7/10
    7/10

Summary

Bears Den have produced a rounded LP that takes you on your own journey. It lets the listener drift into their interpretation of each track but keeps them close by, with gorgeous melodies and enchanting vocals.

As an album it is a complete composition, flowing throughout with no sudden shocks or surprises.

7.0/10

2 comments

  1. Sounds a great album yes I think music defines moments in our lives.

  2. Sounds like a good album. Thanks for linking up.

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