I fear that this may be the last we'll ever hear of Pete Krebs and the Gossamer Wings. While he's now tinkering away with swing jazz trios and old-timey vocal groups (which is fine; just not my thing), we're left with this: 12 songs that pick up where Sweet Ona Rose left off and show that Pete was still at the top of his game when he slipped out of the, for lack of a better term, "rock" scene.
(Side note: I heard a rumor from a reliable source that Pete was going to play the entirety of Sweet Ona Rose at MusicFestNW but had a prior commitment. Maybe he's not as far removed from the rock of his past as we thought. Though there hasn't been a Hazel reunion in about four years. But I digress.)
This is, like all of Pete's other records, a great one and an overlooked one. It's not quite as pizazzy and slick as Sweet Ona Rose, but as soon as his voice kicks in on "Sleeping Beauty," you can tell he's still on the ball. The chorus is full of his signature ba-ba-da's, and the song is strangely dark but ultimately pop.
"Distant Lights of Home" is right up there with Krebs' best work, and so are "Kid Domino" and "Cela." Some of these songs are more decidedly country than anything he ever did, but his vocal style adjusts accordingly and adds some real depth to the traditional progressions.
Overall, maybe not quite as strong as Sweet Ona Rose, but damn close. If this ends up being the last rock-type record he ever puts out, it wouldn't be a bad place to leave it.
Have I convinced you to like Pete Krebs yet? Because that was the idea.