After three years of waiting, Sept. 27 finally arrived. Whiskey Myers released their fourth album, which was untitled. Anticipation for this release began in June of this year when they released the single, “Die Rockin.’” This song was featured on the album. Whiskey Myers is known for their southern rock sound, and they continue to follow through.
As I stated before, “Die Rockin’” was the first release this year to get listeners excited for the new album. It was an excellent example of Whiskey Myers aesthetic. The song did an excellent job of showing lead Cody Cannon’s raspy vocals and stayed true to their southern rock roots.
The next song, ‘Mona Lisa,’ had not been released earlier. It was another example of the true southern rock I keep mentioning that is immediately associated with Whiskey Myers. One essential aspect of their music is the meaning they put in each song. They have had several previous songs released that made their fans focus on the lyrics. I felt that ‘Mona Lisa,’ did not follow through with this. Although others may say they notice the message more, I believe the song was more focused on the sound versus the meaning.
Several songs did achieve this sense of meaning on the untitled album. A few that stood out to me were “Rolling Stone” and “Bury My Bones.” These both were released earlier in the year. Whiskey Myers made sure to release songs that captured all aspects of their newest album. They released six of the 14 songs featured on the album. I know as a fan, I was interested in the variety of songs on their way. After listening to the album, I am very impressed with the variety.
One song I found to be very enjoyable was, “Glitter Ain’t Gold.” This felt to be the perfect aesthetic for Whiskey Myers. It also highlighted the lead singer’s raspy tone while still allowing the listener to focus on the lyrics and not just the sound. “Little More Money,” also achieved this. It sounded like a classic song from Whiskey Myers.
Ending the album was, “Bad Weather.” This was one of my favorite songs of the album. It was the slowest of all the songs and included very powerful lyrics. This song made me feel moved in a different way than any other on the album. The song starts with a description of a wedding, then speaks of him standing up against it. I find songs that have several interpretations, such as this one, to be very enjoyable. Apart of this song that stayed with me were these lyrics: “But, I could torch this old place might as well/ With a can full of diesel and a booklet of matches/ Let's see what these ashes unveil.”
When I approached the album, I had very high expectations due to the singles released throughout the year. Overall, the album met these expectations. I have always loved Whiskey Myers ability to tell a story with their songs, while staying true to such a classic sound. Country music has changed quite a bit over the last decade, but they cease to follow the crowd. I admire that. I encourage any country music fan to listen to this album. It has songs that make you want to tap your foot, and others that make you truly sit and hear the lyrics. I find that so appealing in an album. My main take-away is Whiskey Myers continues to stay true to their sound, and it does not seem they plan on giving that up anytime soon.