Listening to the album,Flying Upside Down can't help but make me feel right-side up. The lead track, "Better than Love" gets you hooked in with a simple but heartfelt love song and clap along acoustic guitar. "I remember" makes me think of Springsteen, c. 70s/80s and a little Johnny Cash.
Not to say that House is a modern-day everyman's union man, but he comes damn close. He returns to his rock roots on the track "One Thing" to change things up a bit, but it's a rare instance. Folkpop Country is dominant throughout on this offering. Could be the Nashville homebase influence seeping through, but the album lyrics and sound make you wonder just how many guys are wandering aimlessly out there with a dog, a bottle of Jack, a gun, and a useless therapist.
Aside from wanting to slap the subject of "The Guy That Says Goodbye to You is Out of His Mind", the album left me feeling pretty mellow. Check out his myspace site (www.myspace.com/griffinhouse), get out that bottle of wine for one, and file those divorce papers/ditch the zero, peeps! S/he ain't coming back, but there's a better something out there. As the liner notes say, "This album is your album", so you can take his words and easily make them your own with some pretty common themes.
Review by: Mala Rupnarain
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"The Guy That Says Goodbye To You Is Out Of His Mind"