Mister Justin - With Daylight Still To Spare
- Artist: Mister Justin
- Album: With Daylight Still To Spare
- Label: Me
- Year of Release: 2011
- ME Rating:
- Reviewed by: sinist3r-punk on 2011-08-17
- With Daylight Still To Spare (audio) High
Mister Justin has literally appeared right before my eyes and ears. Before I was asked to review his debut album, With Daylight Still To Spare, I couldn't have guessed what kind of music he plays if you gave me a million chances, and I'll admit; I'm not exactly the biggest fan of folk music. So is it possible that this relatively unknown songwriter from the mysterious land of luxury and fish and chips has perfected his craft and bestowed upon us an instant classic?
If you asked me to describe folk music, I'd point to a spliced picture of Beck and Bob Dylan and say, pretty much that, because that's been my only experience with music defined as "folk". So with my encyclopedic knowledge of everything folksy, I was quite taken aback by the sound of Mister Justin. Everything on With Daylight Still to Spare sounds so genuine and inspired; I couldn't decide which track I wanted to listen to again. Plus, there's a totally awesome acoustic metal song. I can tell that Mister Justin loves what he does, and he's making music for the sake of shredding some sweet licks, Tenacious D style! The best example of these ridiculous solos of awesome can be found in "Metal Song", and "Ogga Gogga Gummi Clogga", perhaps the greatest song names ever. I'm still looking into that.
I find Mister Justin's guitar playing to be the most enjoyable aspect of With Daylight Still To Spare. Even with the addition of a violin, singing, horns and chorus singing, you can still hear those hands plucking away at the guitar, which is probably more awe inspiring in concert. Mister Justin can best be described as the singing style of Dropkick Murphys, the charm of Beck mixed with the southern flare of Deliverance, without the incest and cannibalism. Okay I admit, the Deliverance comparison isn't exactly the most flattering compliment, but it's an amusing reference, what more do you people want from me? My point being that Mister Justin has created something which feels familiar to us all, but within that familiarity is a budding flower of refreshing and beautiful sound, like a Sprite for your ears. I think it's pretty obvious that this album has made me a lifetime fan of Mister Justin. The future of folk music better keep a close eye on this 35 year old guitar prodigy, because he may be the second coming of ___ (<-- Insert favorite folk artist here.)
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