The Acre
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The Acre

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Band Alternative Americana

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"CD on Songs - (The Great American) Novel"

"In what form will the actual Great American Novel come? And will they make a movie out of it for us? Let us hope so. The Acre has saved a few steps and transformed it into song. If the song is to be any hint, then the Great American Novel will waste no precious time in length histories and/or character expositions: this song hits the ground cruising at its principle power level.

This song doesn't "run" per se - it has its own set pace at which it is very, very comfortable. This comfort transcends its way down to the listener - it is excessively easy to listen to this song and enjoy it. The pacing is earnest as are the simple yet satisfying melodies. "(The Great American) Novel" asks not what its listeners can do for it; but what it can do for its listeners. You don't need to put any intensive mental labor into this Novel to get something back from it.

This track manages to be engaging without throwing its business all up into your face. Some soft-sounding songs turn into musical doormats after a bit, but "Novel" keeps its head and dignity about itself, standing up to be counted (and heard). Let's hope the actual great American novel is as easy a read." - Boston Band Crush


Discography

In the Deep Shade (2007)
Red Wool (2009)

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The Acre’s story is not one of myth or legend. There are no retreats to remote locations or of valiant scores of heart break, or days spent in opium dens pondering life’s truest meanings. The Acre is about music and music alone. It’s about 5 people making music together in a dimly lit room scattered with scraps of lyrics, broken strings and ideas. Some songs are melodically amorphous, some are drunken lullabies, while others still are like being fed rock with a sweet, melodious spoon. The band’s influences are wide and varied flailing from Wilco to Sigur Ros, Woody Guthrie to the National, Motown to Neil Young, Built to Spill and to the Band and back again. But with this aversion to genre and an arms length to pigeonholing, the band is cohesive and the songs flow and work together like tupelo honey.

With 2009’s The Red Wool the band took a step out of their shaded threshold, beginning to find its footing. Opening for acts such as Bowerbirds, Megafaun, Horse Feathers, A Weather, Joe Pugg, Televandals, The Murder Mile and the Sam James Band and playing at venues such as TT the Bear’s, O’Brien’s Pub, BU Central, and the All Asia, the Acre has its foot stuck in the Boston music scene’s door