Atlanta, Wed. 9/26: At #3, go see The Walkmen, an indie rock band from New York! Their 7th studio album, Heaven, is “arguably their best, and certainly most accomplished album yet” – American Songwriter
“Album of the Week” belongs to David Ramirez (see post), but with three great albums released this week, I’ve separated them into two posts. This is part 2:
Feathers and FishHooks is the debut album from Nashville’s Rayland Baxter. Earlier this summer, he played at 99X’s Unplugged in the Park at Park Tavern and luckily for Atlanta, he’s returning October 6th… opening for Grace Potter & the Nocturnals at The Tabernacle! (tickets)
“Love is all I have to give. Won’t you tell me you’re the one for me?”
Last, but not least, is Solo Piano II by Chilly Gonzales. Also known for his electronic albums, including the hit single “Never Stop” in 2010, Gonzales follows the success of 2004’s Solo Piano with an equally impressive sequal. He also collaborates with Feist often and plays piano on one of my favorite recent discoveries, Multiply, a soulful and funky album by Jamie Lidell.
Everyone can relate to heartache and pain and if there has ever been an album to demonstrate those feelings, it is Apologies by David Ramirez.
On his 2nd full-length album, Ramirez truly pours out his heart and the transparency is clear on every track. After traveling nonstop for years, he wonders if he’s chasing or being chased and longs for the day someone tells him to “Stick Around.” He expresses his lack of faith on “An Introduction” when he cries “tell me where to find the Lord” and on “Chapter II,” he struggles to realize that the strength he needs is already inside himself.
When “listening to Apologies, one feels as if they are being given candid look at the most vulnerable parts of Ramirez’s soul,” says Ryan Bort at Paste Magazine. The songs have “brutally honest lyrics that bring new meaning to some of life’s most difficult questions.” (read Bort’s review here.)
If you’re experiencing a heavy heart, be not dismayed. The final track gives us hope to “Find the Light.”
“I wish upon you a brave heart, that will always rise above. But most of all I wish upon you love… As the sun sets, the moon begins to rise. So even in the darkness, you’ll find the light.”