Evoking the melodies and natural sound of the past can be hard for a generation that continuously tries to stray away from the traditional things and “reinvent” themselves. Thanks to this sort of rebellion, we have been blessed with some great new and fresh musical inventions that gives us some great hope when it comes to the future music as we know it. However, it seems like some musicians can’t simply leave the past behind (perhaps they become way too attached) and they get to re-explore bring back what made certain genres revolutionary and interesting in the first place.
Drive by Nashville new emerging talent Richard Schroder fits very well on the latter category. Right from the gecko, you look at this man and you can feel right away how this guy breaths Country. So it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise when you play right on the first track of the album, “Drivin’”, and this harmonies that dive between Blake Shelton and Keith Urban – if you are a big fan of the genre, you will right away find yourself in love of Schroder. The album is perfect for pretty much every occasion, from fun-loving as “Drivin’” and “Backseat Love” to other ballad-ish as “Nashville Girl.” Just like LA and NYC, Nashville has its own sort of signature sound and if you aren’t quite sure what does that means exactly, listen to the record and you will know the meaning of it right away.
On a negative note, I would say the only bad thing the record has is that it’s too ninchy. Diehard fans of this musical style will probably devour over and over this record, but for those who aren’t too much of a fans, it gets tiresome sometimes. Especially because for some reason, the album is pretty much too consistent and there’s a lack of dynamism. You get the (wrongful?) impression that Richard is a one pony trick guy. So hopefully moving on we get to see him exploring other layers.
Criteria - 70%
In the end, Drive is a great Country journey that introduces us to a great new artist with an awesome potential that sadly went perhaps a bit too safe on this one. Again, hopefully by the next record we will get to meet and listen to a rather more original Richard Schroder, one that isn’t too much afraid of pushing the envelope.