Relix Magazine Review of “America”

Check out the review of “America” in the June issue of Relix Magazine!

With all the group’s original members now gone, except for lead singer and songwriter Sean Kelly, it might be tempting to relegate The Samples to the archives of jam-pop history. Fortunately, for longtime fans and new listeners, the latest version of the band retains the magic that first drew ears to their sound. On America, Kelly and present company deliver a 14-track jewel of a disc that includes a skilled nod to Neil Young (on the lead track, “Fukishima”) and pleasing vocal harmonies with special guest Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco), who appears on the songs “And I Dreamed,” “Mysterious Times” and “Boulder.” Kelly and the Samples extend their recent renaissance (following the inclusion of the song “Could It Be Another Change” on the soundtrack to the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower) with this organically uplifting release.

Nick Hutchinson