Darin and Brooke Aldridge: Flying
Cherryville, N.C.-based Darin and Brooke Aldridgeâ€™s fifth album Flying finds the husband-and-wife team in a confident, soulful and determined place. The 10-track, acoustic compilation is the follow-up to their 2011 debut, and it ebbs and flows between frantic bluegrass tracks and tender, gospel-like tunes. Throughout the record, Brooke asserts herself as one of the more powerful female vocalists in the scene with a standout performance on â€śLaurie Stevens,â€ť a vocal track that garners comparisons to The Civil Warsâ€™ Joy Williams. In the next breath, â€śI Gotta Have Butterfliesâ€ť evokes a tender side, playing like a duet with minor string accompaniments. Flying closes with pure, exuberant joy as the adventurous â€śTo the Moon and Backâ€ť and the percussive â€śLittle Bit of Wonderfulâ€ť leave the listener wanting more.