A brand-new album release from Daniel Young delivers a rich and robust persona in the form of Americana, country, and classic rock undertones that all come together to create a welcoming and warm atmosphere that ends up swimming around in the air that surrounds you and it feels good.
The Leave It Out to Dry album is riddled with such a lush character that by the time you get to the end of the record you feel like you know Daniel a lot better almost like sitting down with an old friend.
There is certainly something freeing about the soundscape of this record and has a lot to do with all this wonderful instrumentation that's involved from pedal steel to fiddle and so much more including horn sections and plenty of other layers that bring the songs to life.
This whole record has a gracefulness to it and the songs tell stories almost as if they were chapters of the artist's life put together, and in that sense, it does indeed feel somewhat like a concept record of sorts which I liked because again, these songs do feel interconnected into different ways.
I'm a big fan of full albums like this one because I come from a time when you would hear a song on the radio and go out and buy the album on cassette, CD, or vinyl record and you would get a whole experience along with it.
This record is a damn near perfect example of that because you get that full experience.
The songs boast messages and this very freeing energy that lets feel familiar but refreshing at the same time.
There are definitely a few surprises around the corners of this record, and you can tell that this was put together by someone who has a real love for his craft, and I don't just need singing or playing guitar, I mean actual songwriting and bringing in people to help bring those songs to fruition.
Creating an album like this takes a lot of thought and planning and Daniel did an outstanding job of being able to put everything together so that it has such a beautiful tonality and such a forward-moving flow.
The record hits all the sweet spots that a strong country and Americana record should and more because it's done with a certain charm to it that gives him up presence as an artist that you can't look away from.
These are the kinds of things that make a record memorable and each of these songs individually have something a little bit different to say or show a little bit of a different side of the artist and his personal experience.
They're a few singles that stand out a little bit more to me and would do very well on their own however, listening to this full album from beginning to end is truly the correct way to soak it in properly.
I feel like this is how it was meant to be listened to simply because this is how it was created.
The arrangement, composition, and especially tones that are brought together during this record have swells and sways making the songs feel like they're alive and breathing, and at times you feel like some of these tracks could have served as part of the soundtrack to chapters in your own life because it does cause memories of your own to pop into your head at random.
This was a more than memorable release from an artist that knows exactly what he's doing and puts a lot of heart into his recordings and performances which is completely clear just from listening to the songs themselves.
I'm going to give this a 9 out of 10 and that's saying a lot.
Check this record out if you're a fan of real-deal country, Americana, or even classic rock or folk.
The record covers all the bases so well that it's ridiculous.