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Monday, December 21, 2009

Review: Woven Green - Woven Green

Woven Green - Woven Green
2009, Woven Green

Jim and Ashley Cash met while students at George Mason University. Him a late-blooming songwriter with a penchant for deep lyrics and esoteric yet memorable melodies; she with a voice that turns heads and drops jaws. It was a match made in musical heaven. Nowadays the married couple are the core of Woven Green, the Sterling, Virginia-based rock quartet with an unusually vibrant and intelligent sound. Woven Green’s debut EP, Woven Green, is sure to please.

Woven Green opens with the effervescent Folk Rocker Wild Love. This uplifting song carries a Carpe Diem optimism, a memorable melody and the amazing voice of Ashley Cash who could front anything from a wedding band to an arena rock powerhouse without breaking a sweat. Woven Green breaks out the funk of Generation Zero, a song that calls out society for failing our children with less-than-competent education and healthcare. The song is highly danceable and yet runs deep with heavy subject matter; calling for a revolution of sorts -- a return to the American Dream that pre-dated the "Greed Is Good" generation. Sixth Sun starts out with a Middle-Eastern feel, ironic in that Sixth Sun is a reference to Toltec/Aztec prophecies about the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine). It is a play into the coming mass hysteria over 2012, but calls for the sort of transformational change of society that is called for in the same prophecies. Woven Green says goodnight with Between Worlds, a spiritual call for self-consolidation; the sort of rising on consciousness required for humanity to evolve into whatever some believe we are to come next.

Woven Green is a bit off the beaten path; creating wonderfully addictive Pop/Folk/Rock songs with highly unusual subject matter. Truth to tell, Woven Green is more like a religious album than secular one. The band sings their beliefs and is obviously looking to change the world through their music. I wouldn't make any judgments on that up front, as I don't know exactly what system of belief underlies it all, but it is something to bear in mind when you listen to them. Ashley Cash is going to get comparisons to Grace Slick, among others, and her voice is well-deserving of praise. Jim Cash's songwriting is also superb; nuanced and complex without ever overdoing on either quality. Woven Green is a superb introduction.

Rating: 4.5 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about Woven Green at or You can purchase the Woven Green EP on CD at Woven Green’s web store.

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