Brian Fallon
Local Honey


4.5
superb

Review

by Tdunn99 USER (7 Reviews)
March 27th, 2020 | 44 replies


Release Date: 03/27/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The night came as it went, and I swear that I knew you before.

Over the last year, I have grown to love the music that Brian Fallon has made. It started, like most, with the Gaslight Anthem and The 59` Sound, but soon enough I delved into the other Gaslight records, The Horrible Crowes, and his solo albums. And I love it all. There is something about Brian`s raspy, yet earnest voice and heartfelt lyrics that are brilliant in being subtle. Not very often are his lyrics something like a Guy Clark, or even a Jason Isbell song who's brilliance in crafting songs is undeniable, something that Fallon himself would likely admit, yet there is beauty and brilliance in his words nonetheless.And I don`t say that to discredit Fallon at all, as his music is rewarded with repeated listens that reveals lyrical gems. songs like 1930, Here`s lookin at you kid, Have mercy, Smoke, even Painkillers and many many others are aching with some sadness, yet hope, and positivity. The way he can take something that is shockingly sad and make it sound upbeat, along with his ability to create melodies and hooks is something very rare and engaging.

Yet everything changes here. Gone are the loud anthems, the driving guitars, Brian testing his vocal range, instead we are greeted to a soft and subdued atmosphere. Fallon has tried to move in a different direction, moving past his signature calling card to show that he is not just a one trick pony. he doesn`t have to reference Springsteen in every song to resonate anymore, he has truly come into his own as an artist and songwriter. "When You`re Ready" is a sweet song about his daughter and how she will one day have a man who loves her half as much he does. 10 years this never would have happened, (Not just because he didn`t have kids) but he we are seeing his maturity as an artist and as a human being. Tracks like "21 days" talk about moving past a lost relationship, or kicking a bad habit, and it is cool how he manages to weave the two together. For me, "Vincent" hits hard, telling the tale of a woman moving past an abusive relationship, that just hits home, especially as Fallon manages to tell the story from her perspective. "Horses" is another standout, in which he talks of finding forgiveness in his relationship with his wife, and finding freedom there. There are lyrical gems scattered throughout this album that just hit me, the "Maybelline mask" mentioned in Vincent, even " My name is Jolene, but I hate that song" adds a twist to the way that Brian usually references other artists and music is genius, "She calls me baby like an old romantic" from hard feelings, and almost the entirety of "You Have Stolen My Heart.

This was the album that I didn`t know I wanted to hear from Brian Fallon. There was the chance that a subdued record could have come off flat, but the atmosphere is so captivating and the instrumentation is still there, nothing crazy, yet beautifully placed that it all fits right. I for sure would have loved a couple more songs, but I am not complaining at all. All in all, it has been fun to see an artist as talented as Brian Fallon make a seemingly tough transition from loud rocker to singer/songwriter with such ease and with such beauty in his music as well, shows that he has added another skill to his repertoire.



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onionbubs
March 27th 2020


12536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review highlights a lot of how i feel about it. some of his best lyrics here for sure

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stasar
March 27th 2020


161 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Brian Fallon hasn't impressed me with any release since Sink or Swim, so I hope I enjoy this.

dustandnations
March 27th 2020


255 Comments


Great record and great review.

Lucman
March 27th 2020


4230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Lovely review. That first paragraph is absolutely spot on and why Sleepwalkers has become a personal classic. I wish I loved the stylistic direction here but it just isn't clicking for me.

Scoot
March 28th 2020


19845 Comments


need more horrible crowes

Tdunn99
March 28th 2020


16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Would love to hear more Horrible Crowes. Oddly enough, I absolutely love the Teenage Dream cover they do live.

SlyZ
March 28th 2020


51 Comments


Pretty boring stuff. This guy can't write good choruses.

AxeToFall93
March 28th 2020


161 Comments


I think it's his best solo effort yet.

AngryJohnny
March 28th 2020


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Anyone getting the similarities between the guitar lines on I Don't Mind and She Loves You?

Sunnyvale
March 28th 2020


1490 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album, still evaluating where it falls in terms of quality within his discography

butt.
March 28th 2020


7432 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh fuck me, had no idea he dropped a new album. Gotta get on this immediately

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2020


18863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is both really nice and kinda boring at the same time :/

Pikazilla
March 29th 2020


11107 Comments


oh it's the guy from gaslight anthem ew

Crawl
March 29th 2020


2675 Comments


I Don't Mind is exactly the same song as She Loves You. The guitar line, the chorus. Ugh.

onionbubs
March 29th 2020


12536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dont hear it at all

AngryJohnny
March 29th 2020


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really? Hit me straight away

butt.
March 30th 2020


7432 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is really nice! I feel like there aren't many big highlights, but it's very consistently pleasant. admittedly haven't checked out his other solo work (only TGA and HC) so I guess I should do that now

Tdunn99
March 30th 2020


16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

That is true, I would be hard pressed to find one song that truly rises above the others, but my favorites would probably be Vincent, Horses, You have stolen my heart, and 21 days. I think that however you look at it, the record is consistently awesome, average, or not great. I feel like there isn`t much of an in between

onionbubs
March 30th 2020


12536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i think on this particular album the reason theres no particular highlight is just bc every song is really really really good

think hard feelings is my top tho

onionbubs
March 30th 2020


12536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

holy shit what theres a gaslight anthem song called she loves you i had no idea i thought ppl were talkin about like the beatles song or something yea this is the same song as i don't mind



fwiw it mostly just sounds like they have the same music the vocal lines are definitely different enough to distinguish the songs



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