Anderson East – Encore

Anderson East - EncoreAnderson East can be known for his gritty raspy voice and his style of southern soulful americana. His second album, appropriately titled Encore, makes excellent use of both where his vocals can go from calming one second to a hoarse whiskified 4am singout the next on songs ranging from the 6/8 ballad If You Keep Leaving Me to the horn-filled uptempo Sorry You’re Sick. Once again working with Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile) on production, and a handful of co-writes with Stapleton (plus one with Ed Sheeran and Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol), East hits that sweet spot that allows many genres to blend without clashing. Sometimes sultry, sometimes sombre, always soulful. This charming neighbourhood boy from your parents’ church’s congregation has put out a commendable followup with a slightly larger sound than his debut but the album doesn’t have its own identity beyond that of East himself. He keeps his back close to the wall and plays it relatively safe. A voice as big as his can do great things. Keep your ear on East because he’ll keep getting better from here.
Four stars

1. King For A Day
2. This Too Shall Pass
3. House Is A Building
4. Sorry You’re Sick
5. If You Keep Leaving
6. Girlfriend
7. Surrender
8. All On My Mind
9. Without You
10. Somebody Pick Up My Pieces
11. Cabinet Door

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