Seth Walker – Are You Open? (Royal Potato Family)

For his 10th studio album, Seth Walker dug deep inside for inspiration and managed to turn in one of his most personally vulnerable efforts to date. Covering both love and loss, lyrically he covers some of the most honest territory yet in his two-decade long career.

The album kicks off with two soulful tracks, “Giving It All Away and the more funked up “Inside,” both solid tracks, but not nearly as inspired as what follows. By the time he gets to the stunningly beautiful title track, a number that lyrically lays bare his vulnerability, the record pivots to a far more compelling product. Tracks like “Hard Road,” which could easily have fit beside any song off of Paul Simon’s epic Graceland, and “No Bird” find that Walker clearly soaked up plenty of the city’s vibe when he moved to New Orleans several years ago.

The bulk of the songs that close out the album manage to flirt with Americana, Blues and even hints of Gospel for a slightly uneven, but ultimately remarkable 10th album.  

Seth Walker – Are You Open?/10 tracks/Royal Potato Family/2019 /Facebook

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