John Fullbright - Songs
Jun 1, 2020
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After his Grammy-nominated debut, it was always going to be a feat to match that level of quality in the oft-challenging second album. The title of this album clearly outlines Fullbright’s intentions in paring back the production so that the simple beauty of his songwriting could shine through. Comparisons in his ability to pen beautiful tracks with that of Townes Van Zandt are well-earned, though, clearly, on this evidence Full right’s albums are littered with such gems. For this reviewer, the aptly-titled ‘Write a Song’ is the best in this collection. The failing, if you can call it that, of this album in comparison to his debut is in maintaining the hushed tones throughout, with the only slight change in tempo accompanying the opening track ‘Happy’ and ‘Going Home’ which both also feature the wonderful blending of vocals with whistling the melody. Finally, three other notable love-ballads come in quick succession: ‘When You’re Here’, ‘She Knows’, and ‘Until You Were Gone’.
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