Print, Reviews April 2, 2019

Album Review: Graham Good & The Painters – Good Things

by Valerie Vampola

Graham Good & The Painters’ new album Good Things presents their listeners with a light-hearted, ‘good vibes only’ message by simply making them want to dance and sing along.

The Fort Collins “Funk-n-Rock-n-Roll” band’s second EP opens with the uplifting gospel-esque of “Good Things,” wherein the band starts with a faint, uplifting piano melody, like the start of Sunday morning service, until warm horn melodies invite the listener to a joyous communion.

But Graham Good & The Painters take it further than church. They have versatility. Their path winds through different vibes, reflecting more alternative, funkier roots. Songs like “Happy Eyes” and “Reactivate” supply an edgier and harder sound, which bolster the level of upbeat energy on the whole album. Even the intimate moments of “Baby Sister” continue the party with emotional power, complete with a ripping guitar solo.

Amongst the singable melodies and danceable grooves, every individual player adds precise details, engaging listeners to catch each of their subtleties. Refreshing drum fills, colorful harmonies, and bebop lines from students (and alumni) of the University of Northern Colorado’s Jazz Studies program break up any prospect of monotony.

Their technical prowess matched with Good’s whimsical song writing attracts both aficionados and amateurs who just want to boogie. Graham Good & The Painters bring a fun, grooving concert experience to your personal speaker in Good Things. Whether setting out on a road trip, commuting to work, or just walking down the street, they want to share their joy, make you move, and, most of all, assure you that good things are ahead.

Graham Good & The Painters celebrate the release of Good Things with Euforquestra in Fort Collins at The Aggie April 6 and in Denver at The Marquis April 12.