The Court Yard Hounds profoundly evocative songs tell stories woven into melodies that are both individual and universal. Robison is the lead vocalist and primary writer on most of the tracks, although Maguire takes over the lead on her own solo composition, Gracefully. The new music spans sounds of folk, country, rock and Americana and includes a collaboration with Jakob Dylan on See You in the Spring, the wry tale of a couple from the northernmost and southernmost parts of the country who find their biggest obstacle is climatic.
Texas also asserts itself more contentedly in The Coast, which celebrates neither the east nor west but south coast, and Skyline, which was inspired by the view of San Antonio from Robison s loft. Faster paced songs range from the self-doubting levity of Then Again to the fiery outrage of Ain t No Son, a song about an angry, disapproving father. Fairytale speaks to romantic enchantment, while there s no happily-ever-after in sight in the breakup songs April s Love and It Didn t Make a Sound.