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Turn Off the News, Build a Garden

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Review

Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real kick off Turn Off the News, Build a Garden with "Bad Case," a pop tune powered by an incandescent jangle of riffs that evokes memories of the Byrds, or perhaps R.E.M. It's an appropriate opening salvo for a record that is lithe and bright, functioning in some ways as the flipside to the group's 2017 major-label debut for Fantasy. Where that eponymous album tilted toward burlier Americana and weathered country, Turn Off the News, Build a Garden is relaxed and open-hearted. Working its way through rockers made to bask in the sunshine, Turn Off the News has its share of barbed protest -- most evident on the second version of the title track, an acoustic rendition which ends with Nelson cussing -- the record winds up delivering on its title promise by offering organic music designed to be a sustainable resource. Taking advantage of the opportunities that have come their way since they teamed up with Neil Young -- opportunities that included contributions to Bradley Cooper's Oscar-winning 2018 remake of A Star Is Born -- the Promise of the Real do sound bigger than they did in their earliest days, and they sound wilier, too. Unlike a lot of Americana bands, Nelson and co. have omnivorous tastes and a sense of humor, a combination that results in slow-grooving R&B numbers, sun-kissed pop, rangy rockers, and a persistent good vibe. In troubled times, the band have managed to deliver an album filled with optimism, and that's a remarkable feat. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Bad Case Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 4:36
  3. 2 Turn Off the News (Build a Garden) Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 3:40
  4. 3 Where Does Love Go Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 3:38
  5. 4 Save a Little Heartache Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 3:5
  6. 5 Lotta Fun Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 2:54
  7. 6 Civilized Hell Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 4:49
  8. 7 Mystery Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 3:29
  9. 8 Simple Life Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 4:39
  10. 9 Out in L.A. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 4:16
  11. 10 Something Real Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 3:38
  12. 11 Stars Made of You Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 4:29
  13. 12 Turn Off the News (Build a Garden) [Acoustic] Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 3:0
  14. 13 Consider It Heaven Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 4:19
  15. 1 Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) [Acoustic] Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 2:56
  16. 2 Consider It Heaven Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 4:18

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