On their second major-label release, Bloom, the boys of Billy Pilgrim lean more toward pop/rock than on their debut. Perhaps the guidance of producer Richard Dodd, who has worked with Francis Dunnery, Sheryl Crow, and Tom Petty, tilted the scales. Perhaps Andrew Hyra and Kristian Bush wanted to flex their musical muscles a bit more. Perhaps the record company heard the potential for hits. Regardless, their efforts fall shy of the mark set by Billy Pilgrim. Other than the opening track, "Sweet Louisiana Sound," Bloom lacks truly memorable hooks that leave the listener wanting more. Other refreshing high points are the mandolin-infused "Need Your Love," which harkens back to their roots in simplicity and folk, and "All She Talks," with its funky sass and groove. Although sonically consistent and clean, the overall feel of the album is a bit sterile, a tad slick, a touch predictable. These guys have talent. That's recognizable. But Bloom just doesn't grab you, and that may very well be why it marked the end of their time with Atlantic Records.
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AllMusic Review by Kelly McCartney