The Stillness – Richard Schroder (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Richard Schroder seems to have that knack for writing songs that immediately sound like you have been listening to them for years. Not in a tried and tested, heard it all before, sort of way, more like a, wow, I haven’t heard this for ages sort of way. And if the opening riff of We All Start Somewhere doesn’t join that pantheon of classics, I’d be very much surprised.

Sonically, this is country, I guess, well, perhaps alt-country…I’m never sure where one begins and the other ends…but if you think of it as occupying the same crossover point that was the sonic stamping ground of the likes of Tom Petty, Steve Earle and John Mellencamp, then you will understand what is going on here.

The One I Run To is sweet, upbeat and escapist, Life Is Now is a reflective and soul-searching slice of country-esque pop and I’d Choose You is an anthem to devotion and true love.

Richard Schroder makes music for those who like country music. He also makes music for people who don’t like country music. The great thing is he can do both within the same song.

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