Lachlan Bryan’s debut solo album is one of nostalgic storytelling, jumping between longing lovelorn tales and swinging honky tonk dance numbers. They’re sounds that can easily feel at home in both Nashville’s emerging Americana scene or the legendary dive bars of Austin. The live feel of the recording evokes an atmosphere of sitting in a theatre, hearing a soundtrack to a play written by Tennessee Williams or Edward Albee. I’m picturing “As Best I Can” being acted out by Lucinda Williams and Jeff Bridges. Amongst a cast of Tamworth country characters like Catherine Britt, Kasey Chambers and Bill Chambers, Lachlan comes across like Keith Urban’s hipper, sexier, younger brother, who was listening to more Nick Cave than Slim Dusty. It’s a very strong debut, which should earn Lachlan a rightful place as one of the best in the new crest of Australian country songwriters.
Visit lachlanbryan.com to see a trailer for the album and read Lachlan’s song by song commentary.
Stand out tracks: I’d Rather Sing In Churches, Secret I’ll Take to My Grave
Released: 20 January 2012
Label: Core Music
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