Chances are if youâ€™re a 20-something in the dating world, youâ€™ve broken someoneâ€™s heart. And chances are if youâ€™re a decent person, you felt bad about it.Â Â There are plenty of songs out there that just scream out â€œI was wrong! Take me back! Iâ€™ll change!â€
â€œWhat I Didâ€ by Caroline Reese and the Drifting Fifth is not that song.
Lyrically, Caroline might just be the Avett brothersâ€™ long lost sister. This girl doesnâ€™t hold back. The honesty and vulnerability of her writing is almost painfully relatable while remaining true and specific to the artist herself. And belting out, â€œIf itâ€™s a nightmare, then I deserve to keep on sleepingâ€ might be one of the most therapeutic things Iâ€™ve done in the past week.
One of those songs that you find yourself singing along to before you know the words, â€œWhat I Didâ€ is without a doubt the most marketable song off of CR+D5â€™s The Electric Year. That is not to say that itâ€™s a sell-out in comparison the rest of the album. Rather, â€œWhat I Didâ€ is a testament to the versatility of this group.
As a country-folk-rock crossover group, Caroline and her boys cover a lot of genre turf without missing a beat. They power their Americana sound with pure electricity, both figuratively and literally. A lot of new groups playing the same crossover game back their vocals with piano and fall victim to the curse of the 4-chord song â€“ and we all know that the last thing the top 100 charts need is another â€œWagon Wheel.â€ CR+D5 leaves the piano accompaniment and simplistic chord progressions to the singer-songwriter types and instead blends the crystalline grit of Carolineâ€™s voice with some powerhouse electric guitar, giving us a sort of feminine rock that we havenâ€™t heard much of since Stevie Nicks. And thank God for that.
Listen to these guys if you like: The Lumineers, Fleetwood Mac, The Civil Wars
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Bonus: Carolineâ€™s super bearded lead guitarist, Mark, sings lead on the bandâ€™s self-proclaimed anthem, â€œ50 Wasted Years.â€ Give that one a listen too, admire Carolineâ€™s killer harmonies, and learn the words before you see them live. They might just ask you to sing along.