Chuck Ragan
Till Midnight


4.0
excellent

Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (63 Reviews)
April 2nd, 2014 | 16 replies | 3,608 views


Release Date: 03/25/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While his previous albums were more of a drinking alone sort, Till Midnight is a grand old time with friends at your favorite dive bar.

Chuck Ragan’s solo work has always been cathartic. His compositions have always been pretty bare-bones, letting his vocals and lyrics soar above all. This has worked for quite a while, but it seems, like his contemporary Frank Turner, that Chuck has decided he wants a fuller sound. Frank finally embraced the idea of evolving his sound to that of an actual band with England Keep My Bones, and Chuck has done the same on Till Midnight. Ragan has transformed his own sound from that of a folk artist with country flourishes to that of a bar band, albeit a fantastic one. This change has revitalized Ragan, who sounds like he is really having fun on Till Midnight. Previous albums have been marked by pain and regret, but here there is more of an air of camaraderie (incidentally the name of his backing band), almost as if he has decided to enjoy the now. Listening to Till Midnight feels like walking into your favorite dive with your friends and sharing some whiskey and laughs.

Till Midnight is a warm and inviting summer album, Chuck telling stories and the guys behind him playing jaunty tunes. He has always had an authentic and genuine aura, except for the first time in a decade it is put forth in an exciting way, as opposed to the introspection that he put forth in the years of Hot Water Music’s inactivity. This is also the first solo album released since Hot Water Music’s Exister, which had a positive reception and was accompanied by an extremely successful tour, so that might be the reason for this new Chuck Ragan. It isn’t too often that joy and contentment is translated so successfully into one’s sound, so in that regard Till Midnight might be the biggest success of Chuck’s decade long solo career. Grab a couple friends, a bottle of whiskey, and let the cares wash away to Till Midnight’s celebration of life.



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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2014



7971 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is so much fun

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2014



19434 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Been meaning to check this out. Good review

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2014



17195 Comments


I think I'm over the whole Chuck Ragan thing. I found this so boring. Listening to it was like a chore.

wabbit
April 2nd 2014



6978 Comments


god Adam just fucking hates everything now

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2014



17195 Comments


your point being?

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2014



7971 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Adam's been like this for almost three years now

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2014



17195 Comments


miles itt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FEW5mh7iAI

wabbit
April 2nd 2014



6978 Comments


HEY THAT WAS AN INSULT

Wolfhorde
April 3rd 2014



12054 Comments


Woah, Josh listens to country. Did not expect that.

Gyromania
April 3rd 2014



15192 Comments


going to have to agree with mr. thomas. i thought this was quite boring

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2014



19434 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

opening track is so catchy

Italianjesusfootball
April 3rd 2014



234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

love it

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aok
April 4th 2014



4282 Comments


wow, curse. is a contrib now? god that guy's the worst

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2014



7971 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed

Pulyx
April 4th 2014



19 Comments


This is better than his past stuff.
Arrow pointing up. Great news for us.
Such an awesome voice shouldn't go unused.

RoyalImperialGuard
April 4th 2014



1097 Comments


Not my typical cup of tea but im riffing this pretty good.

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