Album | Justin Townes Earle – Absent Fathers

WHEN: 12.01.2015
WHERE: Loose Music
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Justin Townes Earle is a singer-songwriter who dabbles in bringing together the genres of country, folk and blues and this is his new album Absent Fathers. The second half of the Single Mothers, Absent Fathers double album and successor of last year’s well received Single Mothers, Townes Earle looks to continue to ride the success and momentum of the predecessor in the most pleasant way possible.

From the get go we are treated to a sound that is full of melodies as Townes Earle uses his superb songwriting skills to flesh out opening track Farther From Me with numerous licks and acoustic goodness, with subtle contributions from the bass guitar and drums. Earle’s vocals are packed with gravel to help add some grit to his down trodden lyricism, and it all comes together very nicely. The upbeat beats of the drum adds a nice contrast against the tone of the track and it’s just a superb example of the talent of Justin Townes Earle.

Absent Fathers isn’t afraid to explore different genres throughout either. We have tracks that delve deeper into the blues with the obvious example being Least I Got The Blues, and also the likes of Round The Bend and Slow Monday. These tracks really help boost the overall mood of the album because Justin Townes Earle’s vocal delivery really leaves it to the lyrics to project the mood, which means that it is subtle as hell in most cases.

It’s really a lovely record. It’s not difficult to get wrapped up in its efforts as all of the instrumentations project a real easy-going tempo to them that doesn’t demand complete attention but does offer a deeper insight should you decide to focus entirely on it. If there’s not a connection created then it’s your fault, not the album’s because this is an intimate performance, and no matter how much or how little you choose to listen to it, it’s always going to be beautiful. Once again, Absent Fathers is a wonderful little album, and definitely a great closing half to Single Mothers, Absent Fathers. This is our first experience of Justin Townes Earle, and it has been unbelievable. For more music reviews, free downloads and I need some food check out Exploding Head Syndrome on Facebookand Twitter.
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