I promise you I am not exaggerating when I predict a Grammy in Mat Kearney's near future. This new album, Young Love, now available for only $4.99 on Amazon, is nothing short of fantastic. I think it has mass appeal to a wide audience. Fans of pop, alternative, rock, country, R&B and even gospel will all find music to love on this album.
Mat Kearney is a storyteller and a poet of the most gifted variety. The lyrics of Young Love paint vivid images of characters totally relateable to nearly everyone. Who hasn't experienced the crazy passion, struggles, earnest dreams and naivety of youth?
But unlike many other brilliant lyricists, Mat also has a gorgeous voice and serious rhythm. The album is well produced, for sure, but unlike many pop albums it is far from shallow.
To this critical music lover, this is gourmet music disguised as mainstream pop.
The success of the first single, Hey Mama, is well deserved. It's highly singable and fun and just makes you want to dance. But where the album starts with such a fun pop track, it dives equally into deep hard ballads like Rochester and Seventeen. They are as raw an challenging as they are hopeful.
Every track on this album is one I can listen to over and over. That's a great LP. So I hope my ringing endorsement is crystal clear.
Now check out this great video for Hey Mama. I DARE you not to smile, tap your toe, sing along or even get up and dance around your office/kitchen/living room.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of Young Love for review curtosy of One2One Network, but all opinions and words are mine, ALL mine. Some links are affiliates, which means if you click through it to buy this amazing album I get a few pennies. But trust me, it's worth every cent. I'd buy it again if I lost it.