Beautiful Losers is the recent release from Stony Point Rd. The main songwriter mentions, “Most of the songs were written fifteen to twenty years ago and all of them are about people I have met who touched me. True stories, hidden behind fictitious ones.”
This is an album that is drenched in Americana. There are some obvious comparisons here from Wilco to Tom Petty. I thought the album was beautifully produced and throughout enjoyed the songwriting as well. On top of that this felt like an album that really leans so much into what Americana is supposed to sound like from the structure, delivery and more.
The album starts with “Beautiful Losers” and is a straightforward moving rock song but well delivered. There are a lot of layers of instrumentation with the baritone vocals being the focal point.
“You Were There When I Cried” could have been a stripped back saloon style song but this was dressed up with instrumentation. There are swells, orchestration and more which wrap around this song.
The album progresses and I thought the dynamics was great. “Dear Jane” certainly had its moments but the stripped down Tom Waits like piano ballad “I Haven’t Dreamt Of You” felt both haunting and warm. “I Haven’t Dreamt Of You” felt like a highlight. The other two highlights were “Take This Message” and “Heavy Metal Wedding.” I felt like the less rock oriented songs worked best with his style.
My only critique is I personally wanted to hear some of the songs go a little against the grain of my expectation of Americana. I think a little more experimentation or unexpected surprises may have helped with creating a novel experience. On that note I think traditionalists or purists who like their Americana aligned with the pioneers of the genre will really enjoy this album.
Overall, I thought this was a great album. There was obviously a lot of work that went into it and the proof is in the pudding. The songwriting, delivery and production is all top notch. I became a fan. Take a listen to the full album on September 19th.
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