We’ve been waiting for Coleman Hell’s debut LP “Summerland” for a while. Most of the release has been worth the wait, even though most of the record fails to live up to the quality of the singles and songs that had been released previously. Still, listening and looking to the overall record as one piece of music – it’s solid.
What’s already been released is the stuff that we know is great. “Fireproof”, “Flowerchild”, and “2 Heads” are great songs. There are a couple here that come close to that quality but none that surpass it. “Northern Soul” is a nice track, as are “Devotion” and “Witching Hour”, but they’re not as well written or nearly as catchy as those three tracks.
Still, the overall set here is nice. It’s cohesive. It attempts to be an album with both song placement and segue ways, and it meets that goal. It’s not the best release that you’re going to hear towards the end of the year, but it’s still good.