A lot seems to have happened to Ruarri Joseph over the years, and in his fourth album, Brother, this comes out in a delicate, moving, way.
‘Brother’ is an album which, quite rightly so, will not be rushed. It portrays a patient man and demands a patient, attentive, listener. Unlike a lot of singer songwriters who’s focus is on the very much personal, sentimental, lyrics that really do require a hint of empathy to fully connect with the album, Ruarri Joseph cleverly plays his reminiscent songs into a captivating narrative.
‘Until The Luck Runs Dry’ draws in just the right amount of external input, from the standalone sound of Ruarri and his guitar, to make it both charming and equally soothing. Much like in ‘Got My Share’ which carries an audibly more upbeat prominence to it with a nicely unexpected driving guitar excerpt around the middle.
The album continues in much the same format, as Ruarri tells solemn tales of friendship, relationships and family. To put it bluntly: this album is, admittedly like most other albums out there, very mood specific. Whilst it jumps gently between more cheerful sounding tracks and the odd sorrowful story; its dominant stance is a mellow reflection.
‘No More Sins’; one of the aforementioned more cheerful sounding tracks, shows a much more charismatic side to Ruarri as he truly shows his vocal flare, albeit in a subtle way. Title track ‘Brother’ is one of the more sincere pieces, it induces a thought-provoking reflection upon the listener. In other words; It put me on a bit of a thoughtful downer.
Take it as you will, finding music that can inflict a certain mood, or outlook, upon you in a sincere and honest way is something to be admired, when found.
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