William Clark Green's new album doesn't come out until the end of April, but the reviews of it are already starting to come out now. I was able to hear the album a little early and wrote up the review for Best In Texas Magazine. In summary, I liked it. -sw
From Best In Texas Magazine:
When everything comes together on an album, you'll hear it. And on William Clark Green's latest, "Rose Queen", it's undeniable how well it did. On Green's first two releases, "Dangerous Man" and "Misunderstood", it was clear he possessed a great deal of talent in crafting a song. But "Rose Queen" shows a further honing of that skill, adding in some new voices and insight with a bevy of co-writes. The title track is one of those co-writes, penned with Lubbock songwriter Kenneth O'Meara. The story they put to music sounds effortless, like you've just overheard a bit of small-town gossip. And you can't overlook how perfectly the album art captures this song. The bar was set high for the remaining ten songs on "Rose Queen" and not a one disappoints.
A slight theme of looking for change and finding your place in the world winds its way through many of the songs. Current single "It's About Time", "Remedy" (co-written by Brandon Adams, also based out of Lubbock) and "Hanging Around" (a co-write with Kent Finlay, proprietor of Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos) highlight this. Both of those co-writers bring the right perspective, since both call a characteristically transitory town home.
Also distincitve of Green's songwriting is a hint of vulnerability, showcased in one of the album's strongest tracks, "Take Me Away". That unflinching honesty comes out again in the final song "Welcome to the Family".
Brighter tracks, like "Let's Go" and "She Likes The Beatles" (a Brian Keane co-write) are bound to be crowd favorites at the live show.
With that wealth of material, Will and his band then made a bold decision which paid off. Instead of self-producing the album in Texas, like they did with "Misunderstood", they went to Nashville and worked with Rachel Loy (in demand session and touring bass player, songwriter and wife of Brian Keane). Loy coaxed a fantastic performance out of the band for "Rose Queen". William Clark Green and his band have created a phenomenal album, sure to make anyone who hasn't taken notice to finally figure out what they've been missing.