Harvey’s voice, heard on a few songs that night such as “Good Luck” and “Building It Up,” is husky, strong and a fantastic contrast to Jaeger’s vocals.
As a huge fan of folk music myself, I was very excited to hear that their music was more than folk. Not only folk-acoustic, Betty and the Boy is a bit of bluegrass and nice minimalist rock thrown in there as well to create a truly unique and original sound.
Their lyrics tell tales about love and loss – things we can all relate to. Several, if not all of their songs caught me off guard with their emotional and vulnerable lyrics.
The song “My Ghost” talks about Jaeger beckoning her ghost to come with her on a wintery night to find out if there is any light at the end of it all. Another song, “Pennies,” talks about saving others as a way of trying to get out of a world where she has become a corporate slave.
The heart breaker “Babel” is a story of meeting one’s past self and feeling full of regret. Sadness and nostalgia are also prevalent in the track “Gardens and Things.”
I enjoyed myself as I sat there listening to Betty and the Boy, but only after several songs had gone by. After about five or six songs, the tracks tend to blend together a bit, and the varying guitar picking as well as progressions become less and less noticeable.
Needless to say, if you are looking for something to accompany you on a lazy afternoon while you study or ride a bike around campus, this is one of those albums you should plug into.