Album Reviews

Run River North Reaches New Heights on “Drinking from a Salt Pond”


[Album]: Drinking from a Salt Pond
[Artist]: Run River North
Overall Grade/Rating: 8/10 or B+
Production: A
Lyrics: A
Melody: A
Execution: B+
Subject Matter: B+
Replay Value: A
Fav Songs: 29, Can’t Come Down, Anthony
Least Fav Songs: Pretender
Originality: A
Skip or Spin: Spin

Run River North has had a wide variety of music in their short career, but they found their strength on Drinking from a Salt Pond. Their unique sound is some of the best of the Folk-Rock genre since early Arcade Fire. Their past affinity for acoustic driven works give them good range from the hard hitting single “Run or Hide” to the softer songs on the album like “Elam.” unique drum patterns and dynamic songwriting, Run River North craft some exuberant indie-rock anthems.

Following a brief introduction, the album opens with “29” which is one of the strongest songs on the album. It starts with a chant reminiscent of “Wake Up” from Arcade Fire, and then brings in lots of electric guitars not heard nearly as prominently on previous Run River North music.

The lead single “Run or Hide” highlights Run River North’s commitment to expanding their sound to new heights. “Can’t Come Down” features one of the many unique drum rhythms to deliver one of the more fun songs on the album, and shows of the unique background vocals often employed throughout the record.

“Elam” and “Ghost” slow things down and shows Run River North’s ability to write great lyrics, and craft some well thought out string parts. “Ghost” in particular shows a not fully realized ability to spread vocals out throughout the band and really develop some great harmonies. “Anthony” allows the band to really let loose and have fun. The foot-stomping anthem could easily have been the single and is a bright spot towards the end of the album

Drinking from a Salt Pond is an excellent step for Run River North. They have a great group of musicians and vocalists which really opens the door to almost anything they want to do. The songwriting and production are great, and the band kills it on almost every song. The only fault is that they don’t quite go as far as they should in harmonies, especially since some prove how good they can be, like on “David Robinson.” Overall, however, this is a great album and it’s definitely worth several listens.

Watch Run River North’s video for “29” below and check out Drinking from a Salt Pond on Apple Music and Spotify.

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Cory Uhls
Cory is an aspiring music producer in Nashville, TN. After growing up in Indiana playing drums in his or his father’s various bands, he decided to move to Nashville, where he completed a degree in Audio Production from Middle Tennessee State University. He wants to not only help create great new music, but promote great music that many people never hear about otherwise, introducing people to the vast world of independent music.