Things start out strong, but Nashville singer-songwriter Griffin House's "Flying Upside Down" is soon grounded by cliches and self-seriousness.

Things start out strong — opening track “Better Than Love” is a heartfelt, acoustic-driven number that channels the lighter side of Tom Petty — but Nashville singer-songwriter Griffin House’s “Flying Upside Down” is soon grounded by cliches and self-seriousness.

Although House is a solid songwriter, the album’s arrangements and production are overdone and the overly earnest vocals on many of the songs — “Hangin’ On (Tom’s Song)” and “Let Me In” are the main culprits — do them in.

“Remember (It’s Happening Again)” has its heart in the right place but is ultimately a clumsy, cliched look at the cost of war that just doesn’t fit with the rest of the disc’s lovelorn ditties. Meanwhile, the relatively hard rocking “One Thing” sounds tired but has a killer chorus that hints at the more adventurous side of House’s voice.

Griffin House - 'Flying Upside Down'

Nettwork Records
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