As an avid music listener and WPPJ music blogger, I pick up a lot of random CDs, and quite a lot of them sound alike. Decent acoustic guitar, and some guy singing/growling barely audible lyrics about the state of the world, his ex-girlfriend, and his beard.
Enter this album. With the title track, The Next Right Thing, I was pleased to hear a blend of soulful vocals and well-orchestrated instrumentals. The next track brings a reflective, slow jazz ballad (saxophone riffs included) that somehow managed to remain interesting throughout. The singer has a really lovely voice, and a pretty sweet groove. I picked up the album to view the cover art, only to realize…
This blessed songress is a male. Not a blue-eyed songbird, not a sweetheart in a dress, but a red-blooded, American boy. This adds a whole new twist, but in this age of Lady Gaga’s meat dress, we have become an accepting generation, if nothing else. I think our culture is accepting enough of diversity to embrace this musician.
That said, the album is really, really quite good, and worth a listen or six. It’s a blend of Audra Mae, Michael Buble, and Sufjan Stevens, and it’s equal in sensibility and soul. I give it 3.8 out of 5 stars, and props to Seth Glier for having an incredible voice.