Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams

Dead Oceans

Feb 15, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice Bookmark and Share


Marlon Williams' self-titled album is an impressive debut by the New Zealand native. The lead-in track, "Hello Miss Lonesome" rockets from zero to 60 instantaneously, bursting forth from the speakers with a rollicking bluegrass frenzy that conjures The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Mumford & Sons' first two albums. The following eight tracks are as varied as the singer/songwriter's influences. Williams spent his youth singing in a Catholic choir prior to discovering country music, and this album is the thrilling result of his musical evolution, one that exemplifies his versatility as both musician and lyricist.

Williams channels the smooth crooners of the late '50s and early '60s in "I'm Lost Without You," and just two songs later, delivers "Sad Passage"-a slow, tender, country ballad that belongs on every jukebox in Big Sky territory. The album culminates with "Everyone's Got Something to Say," a breathtakingly beautiful and addictive song. Marlon Williams deepens with each consecutive listen, which doesn't take long, because at 35 minutes, it ends way before you'll want it to. (www.marlonwilliams.co.nz)

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