For the life of me, I can’t figure out or understand why Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin aren’t big-time stars. The Missouri-based indie pop outfit has been churning out first-rate records for a decade, yet haven’t captured the mainstream’s fancy. Perhaps free-wheeling new platter “The High Country” will be the album that finally puts SSLYBY over the top.
“We’ve always cranked our amps up in practice and at shows, but we always kept it off our records,” frontman Phil Dickey explains. “This time we wanted to go beyond our mid-tempo tendencies and make something really satisfying.”
Now a power trio comprised of Dickey (vocals/guitar), Will Knauer (guitar/vocals) and Tom Hembree (bass), Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have cobbled together their best album since 2010 gem “Let It Sway.” There’s no wasted effort on a razor-sharp 11-track slab that whizzes by in an efficient 26 minutes.
“Line on You” lifts the lid on “The High Country,” and SSLYBY also score with “Step Brother City,” “Full Possession of All Her Powers,” affecting ballad “Madeline,” “Foreign Future” and “Nagnet’s New Summer ‘Do.” This album is sure to please the band’s longtime fans and hopefully enlist some new ones along the way. (Jeffrey Sisk)