Love Is Rain
What happens when the members of one of the most respected, critically-acclaimed and successful bands that Pennsylvania has ever produced decides to hit the studio together for the first time in seven years? Well, in a nutshell, things pick up right where they left off. A great rock record is made. Love is Rain, the latest release from The Badlees, perfectly exemplifies why the group has received such acclaim and why it has developed such a loyal fan base. It's a perfect amalgamation of the clever roots-rock for which the band is best known, yet it also embraces the pop sounds that helped propel the band up the national charts. And, perhaps most important, it's also a brash step forward. It offers radio-ready gems, eclectic instrumentation, a touch of modern-rock, marvelous production and stunning album cuts unlike anything the band has recorded before. The Badlees history is a colorful one. The bands third full-length album, 1995s River Songs, resulted in a national recording contract. Songs such as Angeline is Coming Home and Fear of Falling were national hits, the highly-publicized video for Angeline appeared on VH1 and the band toured the nations largest arenas with acts such as Bob Seger, Plant/Page and Gregg Allman. Another album, 1999s Up There Down Here, resulted in yet another national record deal and was also met with much critical acclaim. With Love Is Rain the band is once again hitting on all cylinders. Critics have placed The Badlees in the same class of songwriters as Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp and Tom Petty and have called them America's best band. Fans have followed the band with a fierce loyalty and other acts name them as an influence. And radio programmers, before, during and after they danced with the major labels, have always been quick to add their music to their playlists. Love Is Rain, perhaps more than anything the band has done before, shows why.