Alright With Me – Kolby Knickerbocker (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Right from the off, you can hear that you are in the hands of an artist who knows what they are doing. The delicate yet dexterous guitar picking, the slow and gentle additions of additional musical lines, highlighting slide guitar cascades, drifting harmonies and hand claps, the considered vocals…its all there. But it is also about what is not there. There is a brilliant and brave use of space, an understated feeling which allows things to happen in the gaps between the notes and atmospheres to form in the spaces between the lyrics.

The result is a modern folk song bordering on an acoustic pop ballad, gentle, emotive and wonderfully constructed. And for a song built on such restraint, there is still something addictive about it and right from the opening verse you are waiting for the titular refrain, “That’s alright with me.” You know where it’s coming but it is that predictability which makes you anticipate it all the more. And it is such clever tricks, such well thought out construction, such great song writing which makes the song stand out from a thousand other, lesser, folk troubadours. It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it, as they say. Wrong! Sometimes it is about what you do and the way that you do it. This is one of those times.

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