Editors’ Notes This sensitive, Nashville-based singer/songwriter flashed a penchant for rapping hard-hitting stories between sung choruses on his major-label debut, Nothing Left to Lose. Three years later, Kearney's artistic voice minus the raps plays this album out like a love letter. “All I Have” finds Kearny addressing a physically distant love, admitting heartbreak amidst a smooth mix of guitar and piano. On “Closer to Love,” a funky backbeat and soulful piano melody kick in after the line, “I guess we’re all one phone call from our knees,” bolstering the masterful storytelling. “New York to California” is a man-and-his-piano ballad with an intimacy that’s matched by the haunting, carpe-diem-themed “City of Black & White.” There’s a push-and-pull dynamic to this album, but despite the rugged soul-searching, the music is soft and warm, often accented with orchestral instrumentation and tender harmonies. While City of Black & White veers from the hard-luck raps featured on Nothing Left to Lose (reminiscent of singer/rapper Everlast), fans of musicians such as the Fray and Coldplay should be especially pleased with the outcome.

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All I Have
1
4:49
 
Fire & Rain
2
3:50
 
Closer to Love
3
3:37
 
Here We Go
4
4:14
 
Lifeline
5
4:13
 
New York to California
6
4:14
 
Runaway Car
7
4:11
 
Never Be Ready
8
3:36
 
Annie
9
3:48
 
Straight Away
10
3:50
 
On & On
11
4:01
 
City of Black & White
12
5:38
 
Everyone I Know (Bonus Track)
13
4:33
 
Here We Go (Acoustic Version) [Bonus Track]
14
4:04
 
All I Have (Acoustic Version) [Bonus Track]
15
5:06
 

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