Sing Along

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When there is a new album by an artist you like, you can:

  1. Like it immediately
  2. Need a few listens and as you get used to the sound, you begin to like it
  3. No matter how hard you try, just can’t seem to get comfortable with it

As there have been several albums that have come out lately by musicians I love that have taken an expressly different path than previous, I’ve had time to consider this equation. Many have fallen into category numero two, and sadly some are still languishing in category tres, but today’s post is about one that was a Love at First Listen.

Sturgill Simpson’s new release, Sound and Fury seems to have taken many people by surprise. If you’re looking for another country album from the man, you can just scroll right by. However, if you’re looking for a phenomenal classic-rock album, hit the brakes and stay awhile.

Sturgill Simpson’s Sing Along

he essential pieces Simpson’s craft remain: searing guitar, great lyrics singed with cynicism, and snarling, rich voice. While other people are surprised by the departure of this album, it feels like exactly the music I’ve been hoping Simpson would create. Don’t get me wrong, I really like his early work, too. That’s why I endured a massive downpour in Ohio in June 2018 waiting for his set:

Ohio June 2018
Never underestimate the power of ponchos at an outdoor concert.

Adding to the intrigue, an anime film under the same name was released the same day as the album. It’s available to stream on Netflix, but as of writing, I’ve not had the chance to watch anything more than the trailer- maybe a future post? In the meantime, check out the trailer for Sound and Fury.

Next Steps: 

  1. Now that you’ve listened to Sing Along and don’t hate it. Listen 4 more times until you can’t imagine your life without it.
  2. Other songs from Sound and Fury that are closest to his previous work, just synthier: Make Art Not Friends and the dreamy Mecury in Retrograde
  3. This Black Keys deep cut also features that really great Moog sound: Money Maker

The more I listen to Sound and Fury, the more I feel it fits snug in the Sturgill Simpson catalog and an essential album for any music lover in 2019. But don’t take my word for it, review it yourself and let me know what you think.

What bands have recently fallen into Category #1 for you? Drop your nomination into the comment section below.

Sing Along by Sturgill Simpson, 2019


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