Old Tyme Religion Import
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Having gained recognition after a song he wrote ended up on Beyonce's latest album, Hugo was contacted by Roc Nation to be part of the newly formed label. As a tip of the hat to Roc Nation's founder, Hugo put a country-fried twist on the classic "99 Problems" discovering an unforeseen link between pop, rock and hip-hop.
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*Old Tyme Religion - Told from the perspective of a dead man in a lover's triangle. You have never heard anything quite like this, musically or lyrically. This song is the perfect opening track as you instantly know that you are experiencing something special and a blend of music genres like you have never heard before.
*99 Problems - Deliverance is no longer my frame of reference for banjos, so thanks for that, Hugo! Seriously - to start with a hip hop song and end with this...brilliant
*Bread and Butter - Okay, first came Barry White, then Enigma -- now Bread and Butter -- this song is sex, pure and simple (and so much better than Barry and Enigma!).
*Rock and Roll Delight - Definitely where the 'pop' comes out to play the most - a catchy diddy for sure...
*Hopelessly Stoned - "Like a bug on my window pane/Safe inside from the wind and rain/Try to fly, but it's all in vain/Just hopeless, hopelessly stoned." This song is all over the place, in a very very good way - definitely one of the best tracks on the album.
*Hurt Makes It Beautiful - A lot of truth to these lyrics.
*Born - Very very catchy. It will get stuck in your head.
*Mekong River Delta - This song surprised me by becoming my favorite track on the album...and I can't for the life of me explain why...
*Sweetest Cure - "I want you again, don't want to be your friend/ I wanna be adored, not a voyeur" -- I love that line!
*Different Lives -- It is hard to comment on a song that is clearly so personal. This song is at the same time tragic and absolutely beautiful.
*Just A Shred - Another catchy tune..you hear the international sounds in this one a lot
*Wake Alone - "If you only knew how much, I obsess over your touch/ I guess I'm old school in my ways" I'm not big on ballads. This is a modern ballad like nothing I have heard before. This song is another of the bigger achievements on this album in my opinion.
This album seamlessly crosses generational and genre barriers - with style. You will not regret this purchase!
The bass lines alone in many of the songs will have you stepping on the gas and blowing past speed limit signs. If the first two tracks don't get you moving and make you fall in love with this album, than you should probably ignore all future reviews I make. Support a great artist, buy this album; thereby encouraging the recording lables to produce more solid, and soulful, rock like this!
I also really like "99 Problems"; "Hurt Makes It Beautiful"; "Born"; and "Wake Alone." But really there's not a bad song in the bunch.
A down and DIRTY bluesy rock feel to the whole thing that I love.