"What kind of love is stronger in broken places / Fills up the lonely spaces / Picks you up when you fall down / Drives you home when you drunk downtown / or when you fall off the end of the earth cause it's gone flat / What kind of love is that?"
Well I might as well pencil this one in as my favorite album for the blog. I can confidently say this album will be in the top 5 by the end of 2018. Personally, "Hard Settle, Ain't Troubled" has everything I look for in music: a stripped-down feel with strong song-writing that is driven home by a pretty stellar voice. Bravo, Mr. Woods, bravo.
So lets talk about the artist, Donovan Woods. For many folks they have never heard of him. He doesn't produce top 40 hits for himself, but interesting enough he spends an extraordinary amount of time writing country music, and has even written songs for the likes of Tim McGraw and Charles Kelley (of Lady Antebellum fame). On Donovan's (yes, we're on a first name basis now) album you can certainly here that country inspiration on some of the songs, its not overwhelming, which is nice, merely subtle enough to know the influence is there.
The album starts strong, holds that strength song in and song out, right until the very end. When I finished my first listen, I immediately started over again. In week 1 I probably listened to Bryan Adam's album about 5 times in its entirety. This album got significantly more play time.
The song "They Don't Make Anything in That Town" immediately struck a cord with me. As the title suggests, its a song merely about a town where nothing is produced. As I listened to this song my mind immediately jumped into a scenario of living in rural Newfoundland in a town that was once vibrant and the life or a region. Fast-forward to now, where every sign of vitality and life has been diminished within the crumbling structures, closed stores, empty fish plants, decaying infrastructure, and increasing age of the population. Throughout the week I probably listened to that song 20 times, and I am sure it will be in my regular music rotation going forward.
In the end I am very pleased that this album was added to the list. I am hopeful other albums on this list strike such a positive cord with my music interests.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Donovans
Next week: k-os
"All them chained up doors / windows made of wood / that was hideous now, it was never that good / I was going to drive a truck / I was going to answer phones / I started making up songs and made it out"