Come Together in the Morning
LICK AND A PROMISE are back. A while after their hard-rocking debut CD, the band continues to surprise both critics and fans once again with a brand-new album, 'Come Together In The Morning'. And they've come a long way. With a diversity unheard of in the group's history, they take you on a gripping ride without ever losing track. Energetic crowd-pleasers, catchy feel-good tunes and pure acoustic songs with warm-hearted soul and a little bit of blues complement the fragile beauty of epic ballads, bound to bring a tear to your eye. The 12 tracks, recorded mostly live at the band's own studio, capture an ambient intimacy that gets right to the heart of each and every cut. This development is neatly reflected by lyrics so honest, you sometimes won't believe your ears. Why? Tell you why. First off, there's the new drummer & percussionist Ulli 'Dag' Bieber. Switching between loose acoustic-style accentuations and a straight-forward rock drive, his staggering grooves add a vitality to the band that you can feel. It is him who turns songs like 'Loser' and 'Come Together' into what they are. Second, Volker 'Wolfman' Thoma, the new man on organ and bass guitar. Not much to say; just listen to the charming, music box-esque melodies in the chorus of 'Once For Real' or the flamboyant bass lines throughout the album, and it becomes clear why the multi-instrumentalist was first choice. And then, of course, there are founder members and songwriters, Manuel Elsesser (g) and Jochen W. Thoma (voc). After a hiatus following the first album, the two got back together to start working on new songs, which later were to set the creative direction in musical and artistic aspects. From the classic singer-songwriter, country-soaked 'Don't Throw It All Away' or 'Sway Again', to the psychedelic paranoia of 'Places', guitars and vocals are stronger than ever and about to get you hooked. And if you just want to groove along to some decent beat and electric guitars, check out the vintage style of 'Sometime' or 'Highway', topped off with a soulful horn section.