Oklahoma-native Graham Colton is certainly no newcomer to the music industry. Over the last decade, he has honed his skills as both an instrumentalist and vocalist while serving as the frontman of the Graham Colton Band (on the Universal label), as one half of Sooner The Sunset, and as an solo indie artist. His latest album Lonely Ones is up for review this week.
On January 21st, 2014, Graham Colton released his latest solo effort, Lonely Ones. The album is full of feel-good music, and is layered with intoxicating synth hooks that stay with you long after the music’s been shut off. The LP’s opener (“Mixed Up”) immediately sets a high standard for the album, with its high energy and catchy rhythms, while songs like “Funeral” prove that Colton knows how to write angst-laden songs that don’t weigh an album down. On occasion, the heavy use of synth sounds can make a track sound a bit like an 80’s song (“Summer to Me”), but that’s not necessarily a bad thing in the context of this project as a whole. In fact, Colton’s vocals and gritty bass lines often come together on those retro-sounding tracks in ways that make them just as irresistible as the rest of the album, and which add dimension to the LP.
All-in-all, Lonely Ones is a prime example of what an artist can accomplish when given the freedom to explore their creativity with no label executives pushing a certain sound, and with great musician friends encouraging the addition of new elements and musical experimentation. To learn more about Graham Colton’s music, visit his website here. You’ll find the official video for the fabulous song “Born to Run” from Lonely Ones below. Enjoy!