This April, let British singer-songwriter-guitarist, Bobby Long, spin you A Winter Tale (ATO Records) with his much anticipated debut album.
Best known as the writer behind the song “Let Me Sign,” which was sung by Robert Pattinson and featured in the movie Twilight, Bobby creates memorable melodies with hauntingly poetic lyrics. Already creating a buzz in 2011, he performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on February 3rd to rave reviews.
This review is courtesy of my husband, Father Geek.
Bobby Long’s “A Winter’s Tale” Has Depth, Soul
In my opinion, folk music is hard to pull off. This is especially true in today’s “here today, gone tomorrow” music scene that seems to gobble up new talent and sound and then just as quickly spit them out and move on. You have to bring your best to the front and do all you can to grab hold of the listener’s imagination, heart, and soul before they inevitably move on to the next song.
As bleak as this sounds, this is the direct result of human nature and the ever changing moods a person will feel in any given day. For example, feel excited and energetic? Then you might find yourself searching through your playlists for some fast moving music. Or perhaps you are feeling sad and melancholy? Then a quick search through your playlist for some dark moody music is in order. The point is, the music you listen to has a tendency to reflect your mood and is most often in step with your current view of the world.
This is, admittedly, something of a gross generalization. You cannot bottle up everyone in the world and shake out a common emotional template that folks follow throughout the day. For every person, there is a uniqueness. And thank goodness for it. I would hate to live in a world where everyone was the same and there was nothing to challenge our thinking and push us to find our own individual place in this world.
To me, folk music is the very definition of uniqueness. It can embody so much emotion that it can change the way people feel just by listening to it. And the lyrics, very much story-like (more so than other song genres) always seems to captivate and draw me in. This is folk musics greatest strength but also its greatest weakness. Most of the time, we are moving so fast we don’t have the time to sit and really listen to a song. Folk music is highly dependent on the listener sitting down and taking the time. Folk music needs a personal connection that other song genres do not.
Bobby Long’s “A Winter’s Tale” is worth the time to sit, turn it on, and enjoy his stories wrapped in a wonderful mix of acoustic and electrical guitar. At times, it he is pure folk and others, dipping into the Pop/Rock culture scene. But it all blends beautifully together.
If Mr. Long’s album were a painting, it would be a strange landscape indeed. In one corner, you’d see scenes of depicting the triumphs of the human spirit and close by the very definition of human loneliness. As bleak as this might sound, taken as a whole, Mr. Long delivers a fantastic album where each song stands strongly on its own but also provides a unique and important part of the larger picture. The end result is a very satisfying album that delivers a wide range of emotional ups and downs that feels both natural, exhilaration, and strangely familiar.
If I had to pick one song that was my favorite, that I feel captures the album best in a single track, I would highly recommend you give the song “Two Years Old”. Emotional, energetic, remarkable depth and soul without feeling heavy or burdensome. Well worth your time. Do give it a listen.
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