Monday, December 18, 2017

Brian Pounds -- Southern Writer

There's no shortage of sad dudes with guitars, but not all of them can dig into that sweet spot between country and the blues like Brian Pounds. The Austin singer-songwriter has been pounding the pavement (see what I did there?) for a while now. He's achieved some attention via a season 5 stint on the Voice, but don't let that dissuade you. The guy's a great singer, and he's also a songwriter with depth.

Pounds seems most in his element when writing about love -- especially love gone afoul. The soulful  "Odessa" pretty much describes my entire dating history, so it hits a homerun for me. Most of the songs on Southern Writer are in that vein: acoustic-based songs about heartache and loss gussied up with a powerful string section. This is the kind of album that works best either when you're nursing a breakup or entering something new; it reminds us of the contingencies of these kinds of things, but could be a lot if it's still fresh -- because Pounds really goes there.

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