14 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If the recipe for the singer-songwriter tradition has started to feel staid—one part confession, two parts guitar—Nashville-based Ruston Kelly instead mixes a much more complex cocktail on Dying Star, detailing not just his scars, but the ugly ways he got them: “Blackout” confesses his penchant for over-imbibing, while the vocoder-heavy “Son of a Highway Daughter” details his ladykiller ways. Those subjects have been well covered by other country singers, but Kelly’s weathered voice and interest in electro-pop, punk, and even emo showcase a man wrestling with toxic masculinity so he can uncover what’s underneath that palimpsest.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

If the recipe for the singer-songwriter tradition has started to feel staid—one part confession, two parts guitar—Nashville-based Ruston Kelly instead mixes a much more complex cocktail on Dying Star, detailing not just his scars, but the ugly ways he got them: “Blackout” confesses his penchant for over-imbibing, while the vocoder-heavy “Son of a Highway Daughter” details his ladykiller ways. Those subjects have been well covered by other country singers, but Kelly’s weathered voice and interest in electro-pop, punk, and even emo showcase a man wrestling with toxic masculinity so he can uncover what’s underneath that palimpsest.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

LisaMarieZG ,

Flawless from beginning to end.

One of the best things that has come out of being a huge Kacey Musgrave's fan, is the discovery of her incredibly talented husband, Ruston Kelly. Both equally talented musicians and song writers, but with two amazing, original styles. Ruston can stand on his own, and does in this unbelievably beautiful album that is lyrically stunning from beginning to end. With meaningful songs that are enough to put a lump in your throat. These songs, are pure and raw talent that you don’t hear enough of. Thank you for sharing your talents. This album will be on repeat for a while.

Austin Calloway ,

Real bones and blood

In this time of feel good country music, where everyone wants to be seen as successful and happy and to sing about how “country they are” ~ It is refreshing to hear original music with lyrics that are not afraid to be raw and bold. To speak of hurt again. To speak of the messy places inside of our heads and our hearts. How those places tangle in our lives, our loves, our beds, and on the ‘front seat of your car.’ This is modern music and it pains of REAL Country.
I do like this album!

Revolve her ,

A Favorite

Really just a brilliant album, Ruston is such a talented artist. I want to listen to one song and I end up listening to the whole album...every time. I can't wait to hear more from him.

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