First listen is a lamb, then the album roars like a lion. This is the first Fitzsimmons album I have bought. Not sure why. I added one of his songs to my last holiday mix tape album and really like his voice and style of guitar playing. So I have been looking forward to this album.
I am not familiar with his style of lyric writing and have been very surprised at his level of disclosure and intimacy. It’s going to take many listens to fully absorb and gather everything he is saying. The song Brandon, for example, is dense and beautiful. But also haunting. The song, like the album as a whole, succeeds because it makes you hesitate. It makes you scratch beneath the surface of the song and confront an experience you or someone you know may have had. It could be a comforting song or it could trigger a reaction. For me, few songs and albums do this.
This is a glass of wine and headphones type of album. And that is the best kind.