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The Recipe isn't easy to pigeonhole. Essentially, Geode falls into the roots rock category, but the West Virginia band is a lot more eclectic and diverse than other roots rockers. Depending on its mood, the Recipe can blend roots rock with everything from country, bluegrass, folk, and Cajun music to blues, soul, and funk. A country-rock outlook defines "Honeybee" and "Real Wilde Cinema," whereas the Recipe's appreciation of soul-funk asserts itself on "Witch Hazel." Meanwhile, "One Day Away From the Cusp" and "The Garden" favor a folk-rock ambiance, and "The Seed" hints at the sort of psychedelic rock that Jefferson Airplane offered in the '60s. The thing that ties all of this material together is a certain down-home earthiness; even when the Recipe is bringing psychedelic elements to their music they sound earthy and rootsy. And thankfully, the Recipe (which has very expressive singers in Joe Prichard and the big-voiced Kristen Wolverton) never sounds like a confused band that is searching for an identity. Whether the Appalachian outfit is going in a country/bluegrass direction or being more mindful of soul and blues, they never fail to have a recognizable sound. This excellent CD is as focused as it is unpredictable and chance-taking.

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