Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
The past year has been filled with a lot of highs and lows for me. I’m currently in a transition period, where the rollercoaster seems rockier than ever. Luckily for me, within this time I discovered Jason Isbell; whose music has been there for me during my toughest times.
"Something More Than Free" was my first introduction to Isbell, and boy did this album pack a punch. The song I highlighted for this post, "Children of Children" is one of the most powerful songs I’ve heard in recent memory; lyrically and sonically. The song is about how his parents and his wife’s parents struggled because they both gave birth at a young age. The song explodes into a gradually building blast of guitar solos that end the track with an exclamation point.
This isn’t the only major highlight though. "24 Frames", "If It Takes A Lifetime", "The Life You Chose"... I could go on and on. Isbell is one of the greatest modern songwriters, and despite this album and his latest winning Grammy’s, he still doesn’t get his due.
I saw Jason & the 400 Unit in Albany in January and it was an incredible performance all across the board. His wife Amanda put on a violin clinic, and Jason’s lyrical prowess shined through.
Listen to Jason Isbell. Seriously. Of all of my recommendations thus far, this is the one I’ll stand most behind.
Lone horse / 1.28.18. “And the day will come when I'll find a reason
And somebody proud to love a man like me
My back is numb, my hands are freezing
What I'm working for is something more than free.”
— @jasonisbell “something more than free”.