Bobbie Morrone scratches the guitar-driven blues/rock itch on ‘Lonely St.’
Album comes out on February 4 worldwide
You may not recognize Bobbie Morrone by name, but listing to him you quickly realize you’ve heard his style. A bluesy, guitar-driven pop rock artist with vocals very much in line with John Mayer, Morrone unleashes his new album “Lonely St.,” on February 4.
The album hits all of the key areas that one would expect from an album like this one. Catchy hooks, radio-ready guitar licks, mostly inoffensive lyrics and vocals that accompany the package but never take over a song.
The lead single “Whiskey and Water,” sounds like a song that could have just as easily been recorded by someone such as Mayer, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson or James Blunt. It’s uplifting, well produced and makes for a good relaxing-after-a-long-day-at-work song.
In describing the process to create the album, Morrone writes, “”This record took a long time to bring to life (almost three years). In that time, inspiration was extracted from the growth and patience learned while pushing through a personal fight between material and passion. These songs are a very important part of that journey and each is it’s own representation of how necessary it is to be true to yourself and your calling.”
In an age where it’s easy to compare yourself to someone else, or where it’s tempting to try and make yourself be someone else in order to win approval, the underlying message here is a positive one worth paying attention to.
If there’s any criticism to be said about the album, it’s that the lyrics and music together don’t go in any kind of original place — they walk down well-traveled roads. That said, it’s an album that has high-quality music that’s worth a listen, especially if you’re a fan of the easy-going rock genre. The highlights on the album include the previously mentioned “Whiskey and Water,” along with the title track and “I’ve Got It.” But, truthfully, there’s not a bad track on the album.
Morrone launched his music career around 2007. His most recent release was the EP “Acoustics ‘15” featuring five tracks of distinct flavors.