Bradley’s swooning voice and soulful lyrics leave no room for improvement on his new albumHow Long. This record reveals a new version of Hathaway with a folk/bluegrass spin, and yet still with a strong essence of his true self.
How Long featured a variety of song styles including spoken song, melodic-narrative, and classic. It seems to me that Hathaway relied heavily on his melodic-narrative poems for this record. I believe that he was trying to take a more musical feel than what he is classically known for, which turns out to be a very wise choice.
Bradley has a few songs on How Long, “He Drives” and “Beer Cans,” that are beautifully reminiscent of his classic work; they express intensified feelings and internal battles indicative of difficult times. These songs seem to really target different kinds of heartache one can undergo.
Lastly, featured on his album are a few classic verse-chorus songs which perfectly fill any missing components of the album. “If I Should Die” had me at the intro. The inevitable toe-tapping and the harmonious “oh-oh-oh”s are what changed my mentality from, I am reviewing this album to, I have to look up Bradley Hathaway’s tour dates because I cannot afford to miss this live.
How Long is a refreshing resurrection of real poetry and intrinsic compassion that Bradley Hathaway has never been short of. Any fan of Hathaway will fall in love with his genuine heart for mankind all over again, and any new listener will learn that his humanitarianism is worth falling in love with.
How Long comes out November 5th, and you can pre-order it now at http://bradleyhathaway.bandcamp.com/album/how-long
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