Three years after their last studio album 10,000 Towns, Eli Young Band has created another musical masterpiece with the debut of their fourth project, Fingerprints. This album was a labor of love for the band – they co-wrote eight of the 11 tracks and co-produced alongside Nashville favorites Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover. This collection of songs boasts a top-notch team of writers, including Nicolle Galyon, Ashley Gorley, Ryan Hurd, Lori McKenna, and Shane McAnally.
While the album has had major success with its two well-received singles “Skin & Bones” and “Saltwater Gospel,” the entirety of the album is a hard-hitting compilation. The band takes listeners to church—at the beach, of course—with “Saltwater Gospel” and fans are singing its praises with just shy of 6 million streams on Spotify since the track’s release. The album’s second single “Skin & Bones” has been a fan favorite on Sirius XM’s The Highway, leading to over 50 spins weekly.
Written with songwriting royalty (Ross Copperman and Josh Osborne), the title track “Fingerprints” leaves a mark that is all its own, with lyrics: “You know how to make your, make your mark / You know how to take a, take a heart / Break it all to pieces, burn it with a touch / You’re gonna leave and leave nothin’ but fingerprints.”
The group raises a glass to the songs that become the soundtracks of our lives on on the track “Old Songs.” They continue the nostalgic vibe with “Drive,” which paints the picture of a coming-of-age story about the freedom that’s gained with the rite of passage of getting a driver’s license. This song creates a moment that takes everyone back to that time and feeling, with lyrics like: “Nothin’ makes us feel like sweet sixteen / Like hands on the wheel of that time machine.”
Fingerprints strings together a collection of up tempo tracks, including “The Days I Feel Alone,” “Heart Needs a Break,” and “Never Land,” which are the perfect songs for a windows-down highway drive. The album artfully concludes with the track “God Love The Rain,” which has the feel of the early 2000’s country songs that have become legendary. Reminiscent of the music of George Strait, Alan Jackson, and other greats, this track has soulful lyrics that tell a story with lines like: “She’ll heal your heart, feed your soul / Cover you and make you grow / Bring you back to life and wash away the pain / God love the rain.”
Throughout this album, Eli Young Band has stayed true to their signature style and created songs that tie the album together as a whole, while also shine on their own as singles. Eli Young Band has left its unique mark with Fingerprints and these tracks are sure to be spinning on the radio all summer long.
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