World Wide Open by Love and Theft
Given the hyperactive pace of this trio’s debut single, “Runaway,” World Wide Open is surprisingly subdued—the sound of three young men with energy to spare but plenty of questions to fill the quieter moments.
The slow-rolling title cut opens the album in the latter mode: Roads / Which one will I take in this world wide open? Love and Theft’s easily shifting lead vocals and three-part harmonies bespeak a band that knows there’s no “I” in team, although it would be nice to get more of a feel for the individual personalities here.
Nonetheless, World Wide Open is as full of promise as its title.