Review: The Milk Carton Kids – Monterey (Anti / Epitaph)

MilkThere is a reason why people are gravitating towards groups like The Milk Carton Kids. It is the same reason why people are still listening to the music of The Everly Brothers more than 50 years later: Despite the five-plus decades that separate the bands, there is a timelessness to the music they make that is bound to resonate with listeners. The Milk Carton Kids rely on little aside from acoustic guitars and their harmony vocals to craft their Americana-influenced sound. Their approach to music is intimate and personal, which means it often veers into melancholic territory, as heard on “Shooting Shadows,” “Secrets Of The Stars” and “Poison Tree.” It’s not all doom and gloom, however. “The City Of Our Lady” is an uplifting number that shows us that even the darkest clouds have silver linings. Monterey is an absolute knock-out of a record.