Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Reasons To Stay Alive: Best Selling Book & Candidate For One Of The Best Albums of 2019
Best selling author Matt Haig's 2015 memoir "Reasons To Stay Alive," about living with severe depression is now the subject of a musical collaboration with singer/songwriter and Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows. Released earlier this year, "Reasons To Stay Alive," the album, is a stunning, moving and completely musical collection of songs that manages to be both joyful and uplifting despite the subject matter.
An NME review of the album, mentions both Queen and Elton John as influences, but aside from the occasional layered harmonies and the presence of a piano, I don't really hear either. What I hear is a perfectly crafted set of adult songs and smart yet restrained production. There is certainly a 70's feel to "Reasons To Stay Alive," but to say it resembles any one artist would be selling it short.
Give these tracks a spin, and let me know what you hear. I hear one of the best records of 2019.
Special thanks to John of the John Sally Ride for pointing this gem out.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:10 AM