The four year wait between studio albums has hardly been a void for the band with countless tours, shows and an enterprising live record to keep fans happy. Maybe it was time to freshen up the songbook and the band have taken a further stride forward by digging a little deeper into their artistry to propel a revolving sound branching out from a solid core. The folk and roots centrepiece of the band will always steadfastly remain and while there is certainly a mini stroll in an electro pop direction alongside a faint hint of alt-country, the spine of the record is a combination of beautiful harmonies and genuine instrumentation.
This moving escalator of musical evolution continues to house the pristine vocal interchange that sees each group member seamlessly rotate the lead and throw a song writing inspiration into the bubbling cauldron of a Good Lovelies album recording project. The finished article is a magnum of glorious collaboration finely seasoned with minimal detection of the individual coming to the fore. The warmth radiating from any Good Lovelies record is a glowing sensation and BURN THE PLAN has the thermostat at its optimum setting.
Talking about the subtle insertion of some delectable twang, it was little surprise to see the lap steel maestro Christine Bougie involved as she is fast becoming a ‘go to’ player in Canadian and, increasingly Nashville circles via her continued association with Gretchen Peters. A familiar roots feel seeps out of the impressive track ‘Old Fashioned Love’ beautifully sung by Sue, while Kerri audibly moves you when tackling the intense sentiment wrapped within ‘Four O’ Clock’ . Not to leave Caroline out of the vocal recognition stakes, ‘Don’t Hold Back’ oozes with class and is a symbolic Good Lovelies trademark sound. Hasten to add the Good Lovelies is not a focal point band and is about as egalitarian as you get in its constitution. All thirteen tracks including the touch of brass to decorate ‘Into the Dark’ which incidentally contains the line lifted for the album title, play a significant part in making the record a worthy listen.