5 stars out of 5
Sometimes, the most rewarding experience from following a band through the years is the opportunity to watch and listen as their sound develops from album to album. On the other hand, certain artists have a sound that is already inexplicably captivating from the debut, a sound that is simply unchangeable. Gregory Alan Isakov is one of these artists. Last month’s release of The Weatherman demonstrates that Isakov still holds close to the comfortable, full tone of his beloved acoustic guitar and soft vocals. The album adds only beautiful subtleties (including backing vocals from local artist Nathaniel Rateliff and strings from Jeb Bows) to the familiar sound heard throughout Isakov’s previous albums. The opening track, “Amsterdam” introduces The Weatherman’s hauntingly beautiful chill that carries the album until the close of “She Always Takes It Black.” As the Boulder-based artist carries an increasingly recognizable name across the acoustic genre, local tour dates become more and more valuable. Check out Isakov on his next stop in Colorado on August 4 at the Boulder Theater.