Wilder Woods

Wilder Woods

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Wilder Woods Review

by Timothy Monger

Needtobreathe frontman Bear Rinehart offers up his solo debut under the name Wilder Woods. Taking a break from his longtime faith-influenced pop/rock outfit, Rinehart began working with Nashville-based indie rock producer Gabe Simon (Kopecky), on a personal set of songs that reflected his journey as both a father and husband. Naming the project after his two sons, Wilder and Woods, he and Simon recorded this eponymous full-length album, imbuing the arrangements elements of vintage R&B, soul, and folk. From the slinky grooves of "Electric Woman" to the retro-soul of "Supply & Demand," Rinehart expands his range and puts a different spin on what fans have come to expect based on his chart-topping output with Needtobreathe.

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