White Denim: Corsicana Lemonade Review

White Denim’s sixth studio album, Corsicana Lemonade, released at the tail end of 2013, is a shimmering indie blues record from the heart of Austin, Texas. At just under 40 minutes, this album is packed full of spectacular, innovative riffing and catchy melodies. One can easily track the growth of White Denim from their first recordings to Corsicana Lemonade. It’s no doubt that the shining production by Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Jim Vollentine (Spoon, White Rabbits) helped White Denim pave this collection of songs into a summer cocktail.

Corsicana Lemonade is definitely bluesier than their previous work, which can be traced back to their addition of guitarist Austin Jenkins in 2010. The album opener, “At Night in Dreams” showcases Jenkins’s insane riffing ability while playing in the parameters of lead singer/songwriter James Petralli’s melodies. The softer tracks on Corsicana Lemonade shine brightly with emotional lyricism and vocal flexibility. “New Blue Feeling” sounds like it fits somewhere between Portugal. The Man and The Black Keys, and oddly enough, it works.

Corsicana Lemonade’s only single, “Pretty Green” is perhaps White Denim’s finest song to date, and a prime example of their ability to craft instantly hypnotic songs. “Well it took me several mornings/ with my throat tangled in a mangled knot/ sounding out my virtues/ and my vices and other thoughts,” croons Petralli, making clear that this collection of songs were built from a conflicted headspace.

Overall, Corsicana Lemonade is an exciting listen from start to finish. White Denim prove themselves worthy of attention in a city filled with exciting new music. Pour yourself up a tall glass and enjoy this soulful collection of songs.

The Review: 8/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– At Night in Dreams
– Corsicana Lemonade
– New Blue Feeling
– Come Back
– Pretty Green

The Big Hit

– Pretty Green

Review by Ryan Artmann

Buy the album: Amazon | iTunes

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