Danny Worsnop
The Long Road Home


4.0
excellent

Review

by Snide USER (30 Reviews)
March 1st, 2017 | 77 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We painted the town, and held on for dear life

Danny Worsnop is undoubtedly one of the most varied musicians to come out of the mainstream metalcore scene. His musical decisions continued to surprise with each passing year; with his less than humble beginnings as an alcoholic scene kid playing catchy trancecore, to his less than humble transition into an alcoholic rock star gruff man, all leading up to where we’re at now, a country debut. Initially, I was expecting just some mindless fun “bro-country” with some good vocals, mediocre instrumentation, and terrible beer chuggin’ and truck bumpin’ lyrics to keep me entertained for a little while. What we actually got was an unexpectedly sincere, and introspective look on a man who’s continuously managed to fuck up numerous facets of his life again and again, only to realize that it wasn’t even his lowest point at any of those times. The Long Road Home is a heartfelt country debut; with competent and varied musical arrangements, beautiful vocal performances, and unexpectedly (for the most part) sincere lyricism.

As a vocalist, Danny has pushed himself to new heights, and fits better in the country genre than on any of his other musical endeavors. His now very gravelly vocal tone and more extensive range amalgamate well with the finger-picked acoustics and soprano vocal choirs that help to form the backbone of this record’s overall sound, as evidenced in album opener and highlight “Prozac.” He takes a lot more risks here as well, such as his chill-inducing falsetto in the chorus of “High”, or his lung-busting vocal shrieks during the bridge of “The Man.” It’s clear that this was easily Danny’s most personal effort to date. Lyrically the record mostly centers around his many regrets, the biggest of which being leaving Asking Alexandria for the pleasures of love, lust, and the alcohol fueled rampages that inspired the two. It wouldn’t be a country record without having a fair share of tracks revolved around general rambunctious tomfoolery, such as the vacation drinking / Budweiser endorsed song “Mexico”, or the upbeat hangover anthem “I Feel Like Shit.”

Instrumentally you’re going to get three main qualities with this album; backing female choir lines, substantial guitar variety, and sprinkles of banjos, keys, organs, and other instrumentals used sparsely at just the right moments to keep things interesting. The songwriting on display here is mostly top-notch, bar tracks where the instrumentals just feel like filler to display Danny’s vocal chops, such as on the Matchbox Twenty inspired “Anyone But Me.” The strength in the faster songs lies in the momentum that only serves to boost up Danny’s vocals further, again referring to album closer “The Man” which has an engaging drum line that leads into the perfectly intertwined banjo plucking in the chorus.

Danny Worsnop is a talented musician, and his ability to branch into multiple genres effortlessly shows here. However, The Long Road Home is arguably Danny’s most personal and serious album to date, and shows a side of him that he couldn’t have possibly expressed in either Asking Alexandria or We Are Harlot. Hopefully this isn’t the last that we see of Danny’s country work, as it shows an insane amount of potential to create a masterpiece down the road, and is a perfect example of his progression as an individual, and a musician.



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Snide
March 1st 2017


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Prozac" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH0E3dgot5Y

Album's been one of my favorites released so far this year, and caught me completely off guard.

EliteTaste
March 1st 2017


1067 Comments


danny worsnop > danny brown tbh

Snide
March 1st 2017


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Who's Danny Brown?

Ebola
March 1st 2017


3563 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm sorry man but this is pretty awful.

Solid review as always

Snide
March 1st 2017


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks man, what about this didn't you like exactly?

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2017


8941 Comments


Danny Brown's a rapper. Divisive voice.

Ebola
March 1st 2017


3563 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The instrumentation isn't particularly bad--in some places, it's actually quite good, so I might bump this to a 2 at some point--but the songs themselves are generally either cringy, boring, or a little of both. Also, the lyrics come across as lame, forced, and cliche. It's certainly not as offensively bad as it could've been, but it's still poor imo

Snide
March 1st 2017


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

@Mars: I've never listened to any of Danny Brown's material, I'll have to give it a listen sometime.

@Ebola: You didn't enjoy the lyrics on tracks like Prozac? I thought quite a few of them were very heartfelt. How do you feel about Danny's vocal performance?

Ebola
March 1st 2017


3563 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

There were moments here and there that felt legitimately personal, but the more upbeat songs were largely vapid and by-the-numbers. His vocals are fine, certainly not what I'd point to as a major issue. I don't really care for country vocals in the first place, but his aren't inferior to the norm.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2017


15536 Comments


Fantastic review Dalton. Hard pos'd.

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Snide
March 1st 2017


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

@Ebola: Well either way I'm glad you gave it a listen even if you're not a fan of the genre too much.

@Dewinged: Thank you! Are you gonna jam this man?

theBoneyKing
March 1st 2017


16331 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Oh good lord



A metalcore artist branching into country?



As Sputnik's (self-declared) Resident Country Enthusiast I feel obliged to have an opinion on this

Nocturtle
March 1st 2017


937 Comments


haha ilu sach

nice review snide

this album sux tho

Snide
March 1st 2017


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

@Boney: I'm actually really excited to hear your opinion on this.

@Noc: Thanks man! Damn I'm guessing you really didn't like this.

theBoneyKing
March 1st 2017


16331 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'll try to go into it with as open a mind as I can but I can't say I'm hopeful.



The problem is that, arguably more so than in almost all other genres, authenticity is essential in country music - this guy is disadvantaged from the get-go because he has to convince the listener that this is more than just a gimmick.

Snide
March 1st 2017


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Songs like "Mexico" are a gimmick, but 4/5ths of the album is actually heartfelt and endearing imo.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2017


15536 Comments


I dont' know man, not a big fan of Asking Alexandria or Country (sorry Boney!) but I may give it a shot, why not.

Snide
March 1st 2017


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Just give the track I linked "Prozac" a shot, if you don't like that don't bother with the rest of the album because imo that's one of the highlights.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2017


15536 Comments


I will do so dude, thanks!

Snide
March 1st 2017


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

No worries! I'm honestly really hoping this album sells well, because I really think Danny is best as a country musician.



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