10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

His easygoing roots-rock wraps rusty R&B in a classic country finish.

EDITORS’ NOTES

His easygoing roots-rock wraps rusty R&B in a classic country finish.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

SOA fan78 ,

This thing is going to sneak up on the music world.

If Fifth on the Floor was your beer drinking, rowdy college days, the debut album by former frontman Justin Wells is what happens when you become a grown man. There is a maturity in the writing that can be described as growing up and taking life more seriously. The themes and thoughts are nothing short of poetry. Add in excellent musicianship, and you have one of the best albums that will be released this year. The sound is just so full. Layer upon layer make the songs sound "big", but not in a way that seems forced or over done. Instead, the melodies and structures beautifully support what are Justin's strongest lyrics to date. Songs like "Three Quarters Gone", "Another Night Lonely", and "Can't Break My Heart" show a focus on lyrics that may have not been as important to the younger Wells in his FOTF days. His personal life and experiences of being a touring musician have lead to a significant growth in the writing. It's also those experiences that makes the song "The Dogs" an anthem any touring band can relate to. His voice is also the best it's ever been, and is pretty much a cannon that he fires whenever he feels the need. He takes the Dire Straits tune "So Far Away" and strips away the 80's pop world it was born in, and transforms it into the stark, desperate, sad song that the lyrics always deserved. Throw in that booming voice, and it's a transformation to rival Sturgill's "The Promise". Justin Wells has come a long way from those hell raising FOTF days. He's now a full grown man in his music, and this new album shows it. I've always been a fan, but this record takes it to another level. If there is any justice left in the music business, he'll be standing alongside the Sturgill's and Isbell's of the world. That's just an honest opinion from a fan who believes in what he is doing, and feels these songs down to the core, right where they belong.

TheUncannyJonesy ,

Simply incredible

If you love complex song writing and sad songs then buy this write now. Nothing short of a masterpiece.

littlest_gold ,

Oh how I've waited for this album!!!

Nothing hits the soul quite like Justin Wells belting out like nobody does today. Loving the pre ordered songs so far. Really can't wait to have "The Dogs" been loving that song way too long for it to not be on my iPod. Also looking forward to "Little Darlins" becoming a new favorite.