Erik Koskinen-America Theatre
Wow, it’s been longer than I thought since I posted here last. A combination of being busy and nothing really new to write about lately led to the absence. Hopefully things will pick up more now, there are some good releases on the horizon. I will start my 2014 album reviews with Erik Koskinen’s America Theatre. This was the first album he had released since I discovered him, so I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. America Theatre definitely has more of an edge than his last album Keep It To Yourself, both musically and lyrically. A lot of these songs comment on the state of America, both current and past. Songs such as “Boomtown“, which in my mind seems to be about a city that goes from a small rural town into a big city, and kind of ruins that small town feel. My favorite track on the album is one I had heard a few times live and was really looking forward to hearing a studio version. “Slow Burn” is a slow bluesy song that basically tells the story of life, in a few different parts. The first part is from the eyes of a child, the second from the eyes of a soldier, the third from the eyes of lovers/broken love (either one seems to fit), and the fourth part a combination of a few different characters. It’s easily the best track on this album, and it’s a great ending track to an album.