Tea for One
Like clamping your hands around a steaming, aromatic cup of coffee on a chilly day, Gallery of Souls' second CD, 'Tea For One,' exudes a rich, mature and satisfying blend of aural flavors and heat for fans of quasi-'70's melodic rock and power pop. Heavier tunes ('Who Are You', 'Postman', 'Tea For One') provide a hearty foundation for brighter rockers ('Maybe Someday', 'Desire', 'You've Been Good To Me', 'There Are No Words') and the cheery-sounding-but-not really 'It Got Away.' Ballad 'Each Day' infuses a shot of earnest sweetness to the brew, while Pacific Northwest atmosphere ('Tonight I'll Say Goodbye', 'Long Way Back', 'Tonight The Rain Will Fall') keeps the sugar in check. Closing track 'If Ever' neatly exemplifies the album's rock-tempered-by-melancholy flavor.