What are some examples of Midwestern beautiful
Keyword: The Midwestern
Review: Michael Segets
Although Arlo McKinley with his band The Lonesome Sound and together with Umphey McGee already looks back on individual releases, his solo debut "The Midwestern" can be celebrated as one of the big new discoveries of the year.
While the older videos of the forty-year-old singer / songwriter that can be found on the net mostly show stripped down songs with exclusively acoustic guitar accompaniment, he has some musicians behind him on the album who give the already good pieces additional strength. Together with producer Matt Ross-Spang (The Allman Betts Band, Charley Crockett, Calexico) McKinley recruited the band in Memphis, where the work was also recorded.
The ten original compositions were created in the last fifteen years. When Jody Prine played "Bag Of Bills" for his father John, the title won over the country grand seigneur, who died in April, so the two McKinley signed Oh Boy Records for their label. The folk version of the video reveals McKinley's quality as a songwriter, but at the same time illustrates the profit made by the band version of the album.
McKinley lays a lot of expression in his singing, whereby he is not afraid to bring his voice to advantage without accompaniment, as with the introduction to "Walking Shoes". The opener “We Were Alright” is also sung very strongly, which is also a tip. Another highlight is the round “Suicidal Saturday Night”, whose string arrangements are reminiscent of Springsteen's “Western Stars”.
There are no up-tempo numbers on the work, but the sound tends to be roots-rock. The title track “Die Midwestern”, which has already been released in advance, is a good example of this. In addition to gentle contributions such as “Once Again” or “Whatever You Want”, McKinley also likes to play stronger electric guitars (“Gone For Good”). In this way he gains different facets from the Americana. Finally, McKinley takes a trip to the country with “She’s Always Around”.
McKinley has already appeared on stage with John Moreland, Ian Noe, Colter Wall, Jason Isbell and Justin Townes Earle, although he need not fear comparison with these songwriters. McKinley, based in Cincinnati, has already built a considerable reputation in Ohio. With “Die Midwestern” he would have deserved to be nationally successful as well. Arlo McKinley impresses with the most varied and powerful Americana album to date in 2020.
Oh Boy Records - Thirty Tigers / Membran (2020)
01. We were alright
02. The Midwestern
03. She’s Always Around
04.Bag Of Pills
05. The Hurtin's Done
06.Suicidal Saturday Night
07. Once again
08. Whatever You Want
09. Gone for Good
10. Walking Shoes
Arlo McKinley on Facebook
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