12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Any young musicians who wanted to establish themselves as guitar phenoms during the 2010s faced an uncertain path. Long gone were the days when shredding was a mainstream rock draw. Third-generation guitarist Marcus King veered toward the jam scene first, finding an early advocate in Warren Haynes, but King’s singing and songwriting define his debut album just as much as his playing. He made the dozen-song set with Dan Auerbach, whose approach to production often involves crafting material in collaboration with the artist and a small circle of songwriting veterans. In King’s case, that meant getting the assistance of Nashville fixtures Pat McLaughlin, Ronnie Bowman, and Paul Overstreet. A few tracks, like “The Well” and “Say You Will,” feature tuneful, red-blooded riffs front and center; during others, King applies an elegantly earthy and still youthful touch to time-tested forms. “Sweet Mariona” is his slice of country sentimentality, “One Day She’s Here” is his version of silken, discofied soul, and “Break” is his chance to delivery pillowy melodies in a woolen, wistful falsetto.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Any young musicians who wanted to establish themselves as guitar phenoms during the 2010s faced an uncertain path. Long gone were the days when shredding was a mainstream rock draw. Third-generation guitarist Marcus King veered toward the jam scene first, finding an early advocate in Warren Haynes, but King’s singing and songwriting define his debut album just as much as his playing. He made the dozen-song set with Dan Auerbach, whose approach to production often involves crafting material in collaboration with the artist and a small circle of songwriting veterans. In King’s case, that meant getting the assistance of Nashville fixtures Pat McLaughlin, Ronnie Bowman, and Paul Overstreet. A few tracks, like “The Well” and “Say You Will,” feature tuneful, red-blooded riffs front and center; during others, King applies an elegantly earthy and still youthful touch to time-tested forms. “Sweet Mariona” is his slice of country sentimentality, “One Day She’s Here” is his version of silken, discofied soul, and “Break” is his chance to delivery pillowy melodies in a woolen, wistful falsetto.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Jakeprince64 ,

Solid Buy

Pre sold is fine by me with this young dude. Marcus King is an old soul, at a young age, with adult chords, lyrics and tasty riffs. Y' all know it's go'in be good. Thank you Marcus for putting out some of the best blues based rock and soul available today. Keep it up Brother.
God bless,
J.

Apple born again ,

Just great music and vocals... buy it

I grew up in the 70-80’s with rock and roll including southern rock and this is the real deal. Talent, authenticity, passion and great songs...I Spotified it for a while but those commercials and extra songs they add in made me hit buy... and I sure glad I did. You will be too...

Vee Man ,

Not My Favorite

Not sure what happened here. Love the guy, but this is not among my favorites. A few good songs, but really an odd mix.