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Album Review: Theodore’s "Hold You Like A Lover" by

Theodore is certainly neither traditional country music nor the twang country-rock that often goes by alt-country. Theodore brings an ethereal honesty to their songs that make them stand on their own.

Their new album Hold You Like A Lover is cohesive in it’s intimacy. Opener “I Won’t be a Stranger” is the kind of song that builds into a perfect crescendo with lyrics that hit you in the heart. The middle of the album stretches out augmented by trumpet, tuba, banjo, harmonica, and more. “Half Pint” uses all these in a beautifully dynamic song that soars between screaming highs and intimate lows. “Send My Love” finishes off the album with a soft love song and leaves the listener with the reverberations of the slide lead still in his head.

Check out the band for free this Saturday, May 22, at the Old Post Office Plaza in downtown St. Louis.

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