There are some albums that they just get right. They do not meet a standard or raise a bar. They do not forge new paths or break new ground. They just manage to strike that one chord unique to each listener, but that still connects us all. Everything about Ingram Hill’s Look Your Best should appeal to someone; the sound is indiscriminate of genre preference.
The sound of the music is an uncommon blend of modern and nostalgia that is difficult to capture in words. It is reminiscent of the college sound of the mid-‘90s, bringing to mind the Verve Pipe and Yellow Card. Ingram Hill songs contain some element of wistful wanting, as if there is some emotional satisfaction just out of the voice’s reach. But the music itself does not dwell on or enhance this longed-for element. It breathes with its own life that supplements the words and opens the appeal to a wider and more varied audience.
The dynamics of the songs also change from one to the next. In some, the music is nothing less than involving, inevitable drawing in the helpless listener despite the foggy message. In others, the music stands alone with neither a welcome nor denial of the listener’s attention. And yet, despite the shifts of style and tone, the songs still live under the same pleasing umbrella; every song on this CD works. Perhaps it is because of the changing dynamics or in spite of it, each track manages to hit the mark and deliver.
Look Your Best is an architectural schematic drawn with music. The words and lyrics provide a common foundation, using the same sizes and tools familiar to the trade. But lead singer Justin Moore’s voice and the instrumental accompaniments dress the framework and provide a wide array of differing facades for a wide array of open ears. When one of Ingram Hill’s songs plays, it is hard not to listen.