To the surprise of a few bunch, Country music has joined a wide range of other genres as a style that can be both high and low brow. As it has become a genre that’s no shy to join and blend along with others, this has opened the doors to become something else. Those with the right set of skills and gifts are able to “despurisize” the essence of the genre in order to create a whole new sound. Tim Cheesebrow doesn’t go outside the boundaries into the wilderness, but he’s capable of reaching some nice and classic highs.
Somebody, Somewhere by the St. Paul native is a collection of different melodies that are familiar enough to grab your attention and make you want to listen. Different to other bands reviewed on this site, Cheesebrow coexist in a limbo in between the original and the imitation. “Anything Can Happen” is a nice, old-fashioned upbeat Country song a la Zac Brown, that makes you think it would set the tone. However, while the rusty and storytelling aspects never go, the approach taken by Tim on this record is something more in the waters of John Mellencamp with a few hints to John Mayer. Also the fun and joyful melodies are immediately mild down into this great ballads.
For those who enjoy your music quiet rather than electric and loud, this is definitely a highly recommended for you. And while on songs like “I Ain’t Going Anywhere” there are glimpses in the chorus that he might go for the heavy, it actually feels very restrained and contained. Again, for many that will be great but listening at almost 8pm after a long day at work, this might exactly be the best album to play and have fun along.
Criteria - 75%
That being said, in the end, Somebody, Somewhere is a nice little record that showcases the great talent both sonically and also the storytelling. Every song has something to say many people will be able to identify with. This is a heavily Mellencamp and Zac Brow influenced material. If that sounds like your cup of tea, you are more than welcome to look for this record and dive yourself into the great melodies and harmonies has to offer.