Levi Lowrey brings us his debut album with “I Confess I Was a Fool”, a bluegrassy, traditional, and obviously very personal album, completely written by Lowrey. “The Problem with Freedom” is definitely the best choice for an opening track. I was optimistic after listening to it, with its upbeat rhythm, but I changed my mind after continuing to listen to the album, as I realized that each song was slower and more depressing than the last. If I heard any of Lowrey’s songs from this album on the radio, I would surely turn it for fear of being lulled into a sad sleep while driving!
Maybe I’m missing something, because Lowrey has the support of co-producer Zac Brown and his vocals on 2 different songs, as well as the legendary Jerry Douglas on the dobro for “Act Like We Are Lovers.” In my opinion, Lowrey needs to co-write and try to work in some varying styles, themes, and melodies into his songs.
Even “Wherever We Break Down”, despite being a love song, features a sad fiddle that kept my mood down. Many of the songs, including “The Problem with Freedom” and “Another Sunday Morning Hangover” beat the dead horse of drinking too much and being dissatisfied with one’s life, so much so that I as a listener felt no mercy for the protagonist of the songs.
All this being said, I was quite entertained by “All American”, with its patriotic and honest lyrics, though I was turned off by the language, and simply by the fact that it could never be a radio single.
In conclusion, what is with the picture of Lowrey holding a burning photograph of himself? Is that a sign of what he thinks of himself and his album…? I guess he wants to be unforgettable, but he’s got a few things to work on to get to stardom.
If you’re feeling a little blue and want to give Lowrey’s album a shot, check it out on iTunes or at amazon.com, and find out a little more about Lowrey on his website, Facebook, or Twitter.
Amanda Wile is originally from Pennsylvania, but moved to Nashville in 2005 to attend Vanderbilt and to follow her love for music.