John Haesemeyer - Come Along Quickly
If you visit San Franciso-based singer/songwriter John Haesemeyer's website, there's a short little film where you'll learn about the making of Come Along Quickly. Once I heard him talk about quitting his corporate job to focus on his songwriting, I have to be honest, I liked the guy immediately. But the proof is in the pudding, as they say, so I gave the record a listen.
It opens up with the title track. It's folk, almost country really. And it was obvious he draws inspiration from the great singer/songwriters of the past: Neil Young, Springstein, Dylan, Taylor (not Swift, by the way).
"A Little Confidence" was my favorite out of the bunch. It's edgy with a good amount of distortion on the lead guitar. There are times vocally where it seems John doesn't hit all the notes, but the song is so interesting otherwise that I really didn't mind it. There's a beautiful sax solo that comes in about a minute and a half into it, and then sporadically throughout. Lots of dynamics on this one. This is followed by "Open Up," a short but certainly sweet ballad.
"Love, Why So Far Away?" actually has a bit of a hip-hop edge to it, with some funky drums and adlibs, and even a guest rapper. A little risky for an otherwise folksy sound, but I really enjoyed this one. It worked. I wouldn't mind an entire hip-hop/folk collaboration for John's next project. Just a suggestion.
Haesemeyer is a story-teller. His lyrical style is in the truest vein of the singer/songwriter genre. The mood on Come Along Quickly ranges from melancholy to a drive-on-the-open-road type of vibe. These songs are deep, both musically and lyrically. So if you're looking for annoying catchy tunes that stay stubbornly in your brain for days on end, I wouldn't play this record. But if you want a little more depth, a little more meaning from your music, then come along with John Haesemeyer, but not too quickly. This is not an album to rush through.
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