唱片公司: 2010 Six Shooter Records
音乐类型: Singer/Songwriter,Rock,Country,Alternative Country
压缩比率: 245 kbps MP3 VBR V0
Justin Rutledge,来自加拿大多伦多的乡谣诗人。冠其为诗人，倒不仅是因为他的创作天分，更是因为名副其实。从小立志成为作家，大学主修文学，专攻现代诗歌，在第三年却拾起吉他”投笔”从乐，踏上了自写自谱自唱的音乐之路。虽然学业半途而终，但几年深厚的文学积淀让他的音乐里蕴含着一种深邃的内质。乡村民谣本以朴实动人，可他的每首小品并不只是一个简单的故事，他的歌词具有诗歌所拥有的韵律。而其中内敛的情感则需要听者细心地去一一捕捉。他的声音沙哑温情却不失柔美，让人深陷，沉沦。2年前的那张”Man Descending”依然历历在耳，此张专辑则依然保持这种温婉动情的风格。”Be A Man”是一封在爱情面前对踌躇犹豫的否决书，歌词由Justin和Michael Ondaatje（《英国病人》小说的作者）共同执笔。”Islands”一歌中，如歌词所唱”While the man that they thought I could be lives in a book you read”，表达了歌者深深的悔恨。”I Have Not Seen The Light”，是对苦涩旧日的告别，钢棒吉他行云流水般的旋律悠扬其中，使得这首歌别是动听。”Turn Around”中，那一系列程度激烈的动词间的碰撞，表露出一种心碎的悲绝。”Jack of Diamonds”和”The Heart of a River”和”Mrs. Montgomery”是专辑中唯独三首象征希望的欢快明亮之作。”Snowmen”则脱离了乡村民谣的风格，作了一次音乐剧式的完美尝试。
这张专辑于6月中旬获得了Polaris音乐奖长名单的提名，短名单即将在近日揭晓，不论The Early Widows获得什么样的成绩，这个被誉为多伦多最佳singer/songwriter的音乐人，已用他的才华和肺腑心声为我们谱写了一曲又一曲动听的小品，感染了我们一次又一次。作为2010年暑期档新砖之一，强烈推荐！
Last time out, Rutledge recorded with friend after friend, offering a different sound and emotion on each of Man Descending‘s tracks. The result, in my opinion, were at times inspired and always beautiful, but the scope of the poject certainly left Justin in an awkward position. Returning to a more stripped down, singular point-of-view would leave listeners flat, and seem like a regression no matter how well put together the songs might be..
By letting Hawksley Workman twiddle the nobs and help form the songs, Rutledge surprised everyone as he was given a new palette from which to paint. Electric guitar, distortion and epic surges; these aren’t words you associate with the young TO song writer but they work perfectly on Early Widows. Even an expected addition – like the pedal steel on Carry On – takes new form. Instead of tear in your beer melancholy, Rutledge drifts into a simplified, psychedelic space out which is a delightful contrast to the two feet on the ground folk/roots we’ve come to expect from him.
Rutledge still writes flowing, poetic lyrics (with help from Michael Ondaatje) that could as easily be cased by a hardcover spine as a guitar melody, but the added muscle forces you to pay attention. Hawksley deserves credit for pushing Rutledge out of his comfort zone and from the opening moments of Be A Man, you are hit with an immediacy that even the biggest Rutledge fan would admit was missing in previous efforts. The crescendo of strings and backing choral vocals surge forward with an unrelenting force, but even on slow burners like Islands, strings and computer effects dance around your headphones giving the song a focal point other than his words.
The most exciting thing about Early Widows is that it will change how people think of Rutledge and give people the patience to revisit his catalog with an open mind. As he effortlessly delivers rockers (The Heart of a River) and anthems (if you don’t get swept up by the spirited backing choir on Ms. Montgomery) you are more willing to listen to each and every word he sings, which as always, are moving and powerful. It makes you hear a song like I Have Not Seen The Light , one of the few that could have found a home on his previous records, and realize that even with just a few simple strums, Rutledge is an engaging entertainer that deserves your time.
歌曲试听: ♩♪♫♬ Jack Of Diamonds
01. Be A Man
02. Jack Of Diamonds
04. The Heart Of A River
05. I Have Not Seen The Light
06. Turn Around
07. Mrs. Montgomery
09. Carry On
10. All Around This World