From A Room : Volume 1
Chris Stapleton is back, at last with his new album From a Room : Volume 1. The much anticipated album from Stapleton and was it worth the wait? Well, I’m torn. There are some great songs from the Kentucky born singer-song writer and some are just ok.
Although there are only 9 songs on this album, I thought I would give you my take on a few of them.
Broken Halos – The opening track from Stapleton, with harmonies from his amazingly talented wife Morgane.
This is not a stand out track for me but I felt it needed to be in the review as it was the opening song. I feel it would have sat better deeper into the track listing.
Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning – Well, what can I say? I’m partial to a song with a harmonica included and this doesn’t disappoint! The melody is beautiful with the harmonica slowly flowing throughout, Stapletons voice is goosebump worthy in this story about his love walking out on him.
Second One To Know – The first up tempo track on the record & the song released as the sneak preview to get us all excited and you can tell why, a foot tapping, head bopping song with a fab guitar solo thrown in just for good measure. This is probably one of my favourites.
Up To No Good Lovin’ – Another of my favorite musical instruments feature in this song and that is the pedal steel guitar and joined again, like much of Stapletons songs by Morgane – their harmonies are always perfect and chilling, telling the story of how he has changed his ways and trying to convince his love of the truth.
Them Stems – This song takes me to the Honky Tonks of Nashville and also the Blues bars of Beale Street, these are the sounds you’d hear as you where walking past that would pull you in for a cold beer, with a mix of Blues and Country the song is about smoking marijuana and trying to get more from friends but they have all smoken theirs too.
All in all I like this album and I’m still desperate to see Chris Stapleton live in the UK after seeing him at Country2Country in 2016. His voice is out of this world and if he can make 20,000 people fall silent in awe at the O2 Arena, what else can he do! I for one will have this album on my playlist and I already look forward to Volume 2!