I love an album that demands your attention right off the bat. That’s the way I felt when listening to Intuition by David Huss. The opening track “Shelikof” blasts off with a beautiful mix of Celtic and Americana overtones. Suffice it to say the entire album had my attention. Huss creates music as he explains “are inspired by introspection and personal transitions in life and are written with an optimistic perspective.” That sounds about right and I would have arrived at the conclusion without having read it.
After the epic “Shelikof” Huss gets a little fun and festive with “Cut a Rug.” I loved this song and it reminded me of The Decemberists but a little more traditional sounding in a number of ways. The orchestral strings and horns sound absolutely fantastic. I thought the vocals sounded excellent as well which have an energizing quality. It reminded me of the enthusiasm you might catch when listening to Arcade Fire.
“Intuition” digs more into an optimistic energy and is the arguable highlight. He sings about love in plain and simple ways. When he sings, “I’ve never felt this way before” you know he’s not talking about a bad feeling. It captures that feeling you get when you meet someone and are excited about the future.
“The Critic” is the first track which approaches melancholy at least in mood. It’s stripped back relying on acoustic guitar, horns and vocals. I loved this decision because similar to life there are ups and downs. This isn’t a dismal song however. Not even close. It’s a warm embrace reflection sort of like remembering a moment and shedding a tear because of it. This song felt like solace.
“Cornerstone” is absolutely festive and joyful. There are hints of bands like Mumford & Sons on this song. The lush and traditional sounding “Campfires” is not to be missed and reminded me of Cat Stevens, and “Wings” is meditative and contemplative.
“Stay” is a little more straightforward singer/songwriter. “Horizon” swells with reflection. The album closes with “Nautical Girl.” It’s fast but changes tempo and is certainly a high emotional note to go out on.
This is a truly great album. The songs are really well written a full of emotion.
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