If it isn’t obvious already, I really love music. It’s one of the few things in life that makes sense to me mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I am perpetually listening to or humming some sort of tune.
So, one thing I’m starting up this week is a music review. I may not do this every Wednesday, but when an artist that I really like puts out an album, you can expect me to write something about it. You can hold me to that.
This week, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors released their new album called Medicine. I haven’t been listening to Drew Holcomb very long, maybe only a couple months or so, but I was instantly hooked upon first listen. I went and saw him play an acoustic show in downtown Atlanta in a hotel lobby/bar area with my roommate, and was hooked even further. Drew Holcomb has a very americana feel to his music: lots of acoustic guitar, folksy instruments, grit in his voice, and the overtones of roots rock that shaped the face of good ol’ American rock. There’s soul in his writing and heart in his words, and it resonates within your brain to conjure up the emotions and feelings that he intended to communicate.
With this album, I don’t recommend just finding the popular tracks and listening to them. Personally, I feel like some of his other albums have those a la carte songs where you can pick and choose which ones to listen to while disregarding the others, but this isn’t one of those. When you go to listen to this album, which I hope you will, listen to it all the way through from start to finish. If you can’t in one sitting, then start and stop as necessary, but don’t listen out of order.
Power songs: American Beauty, Here We Go, Shine Like Lightning
Verdict: 4.5 stars
0 Stars = don’t even bother; Nickelback status of terrible
1 Star = maybe just iTunes preview each song
2 Stars = listen to the power songs on Spotify, but don’t buy
3 Stars = buy the power songs
4 Stars = buy the album and listen to it on occasion
5 Stars = this is a rare rating, and not many albums receive this score: buy the album and listen to it all the time; I’ve only given one album this rating, and it was Noah Gundersen’s Ledges