I’ve always found the singer/songwriter genre very polarizing. It seems they’ll either produce something so amazing, something so profound that you find yourself pantsless and screaming at the moon over their sheer brilliance after one listen to their album. Other times, they’ll produce a cookie cutter version of something already done and you’re just screaming at the walls from boredom. Morgan Barrie’s album, Fall, falls somewhere in between those two emotions. Here’s my reasoning for yelling, but why I kept my pants on for such an endeavour.
I reeeeeaaaaaally like the way this dude plays the guitar. More than that, I also greatly enjoy the way he weaves those stellar, notey riffs into a good song. They have a certain flow to them that puts me in my happy place. He has a good style of fingerpicking that fits into the narrative structure for each song and composition. It’s definitely my stand out portion of the album. I’m also a big fan of the way the album is structured. This is not a random shuffle type of album, but rather one you need to give a listen from start to finish. Not only can homeslice write a good song, but he can write a damn good album too.
Now, despite saying all that, I will most definitely be throwing the song “Plastic” into my rotation. To me, it highlights every good bit of songwriting and talent and packs it into one song. Don’t slouch on it.
What I’m not a fan of is the voice. It is breathy and stays inside the same pocket for the majority of the songs. He doesn’t have a big range, and for some, that’s a-okay. I do like the melodies that he produces, as they’re not wanky, but rather they add another subtle layer to the good songwriting; it just gets boring after a few songs. I find it’s missing the oomph, the emotional payoff that sends goosebumps across my body.
The album will be released May 11th, 2018, so for now listen to his new single, “Feeling Winter” and let me know what you think in the comments below.
Written by Aaron Deck
*edited by Danielle Kenedy