Mike Green has a familiar story. He’s a passionate musician who has a family and music became more of a side hobby as those responsibilities started to accumulate. The pandemic did give him some time while in lockdown to explore his creative side again and he recently released The Years to Come.
Green explains: “The Years to Come is a collection of songs about love, loss, and family written over the last 15 years, but recorded in 2020 and 2021.” I definitely had some preferences in terms of songs so let's get into it.
The first song “The Years to Come (Elliott’s Song” was a solid and especially loved chorus when all the instrumentation comes together. It blends guitar, harmonica, drums and bass into a warm mix of folk. The lead rhythm guitar had some odd distortion coming from it but overall the mix was good.
“Face the Day'' has its moments as does the relaxing and chill “First Kiss (Emily’s Song).” One of the highlights was “Dying Day” and it definitely was one of the better vocal melodies and vocal performances in general. The more organic acoustic instrumentation sounded really good.
“A Toast” was a little hokey but still heartfelt. There’s some warm organ and a little more drive on “Nice to Meet Ya (Ashton’s Song).” The next highlight goes to “Making up for Lost Time” which contains one of the better vocal performances. I like it when he belts it out. The more pensive “Keepin’ On” was solid and again I liked the more stripped down acoustic song “Two Hearts as One.” Last up is the very American sounding “I Was Young When I Left Home.”
The production had a very DIY home recording quality. As an engineer I can say he did a solid job with the tools he had. The songs were a bit hit and miss for me but more hits. There are a couple notes I noticed he struggled with in terms of the vocals but again minor quibbles.
Overall, I thought this was a heartfelt and emotive album. It felt personal yet relatable. Recommended.
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