Justin McRoberts - Reason For Living Audio Samples Available

Reason For Living by Justin McRoberts

Cross Rhythms Rating: 10/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Album, Rock, Top Rated
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1999 album by a California-based singer/songwriter with powerful, organic roots rock.

Condition: Used - Very Good

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  1. 1. Reason For Living
  2. 2. Second Time Around
  3. 3. The Story Stands Alone
  4. 4. 5th Wheel
  5. 5. Not Free
  6. 6. Heaven Help Me
  7. 7. Jump Back
  8. 8. With Your Eyes
  9. 9. Michael's Hands
  10. 10. Don't You Believe
  11. 11. Sun Song
  12. 12. Galatians 2-20
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Reviewed by Tony Cummings

It's taken me years to catch up on California-based singer/songwriter Justin McRoberts but now that I have, I've every intention of investigating further this man's back catalogue. This album, Justin's first, was recorded in 1999 and is a delight. Justin's bluesy gruff voice with little flourishes of effecting falsetto is pure rock'n'roll. But rather than taking the equally predictable routes of surrounding himself with layers of electric guitars or settling for singer/songwriter predictability with acoustic and neo-folk trappings, Justin plumps for something in the middle and hand picked musos bring Hammond organ colourings to the rockers, lapsteel to the slowies and on the powerful "Don't You Believe" some wistful accordion. But all this thought in Justin's song arrangements would, of course, be irrelevant if his material was second rate. In fact, they are consistently superb. Whether it's a cooking rocker like the title track ("It took a little time for me to come around/To know the story's not much more/Than being lost and being found/It took a little while because I'm kinda slow"); the seriously funky "Jump Back"; the quirky "5th Wheel" ("I'm in Southern California/And the beautiful ones/Just kicked me out of their restaurant/I gotta tell myself I didn't really want to eat there anyway") and the achingly soulful "Not Free" with a lyric adapted from John Donne's "Not Free", the effect is nothing short of mesmerizing. Don't let the fact that this is a 10 year old independent put you off. Find a copy.

Style: Rock
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 10324
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: 5 Minute Walk FMD5244
Items: 1
Release Date: 1999

1999 album by a California-based singer/songwriter with powerful, organic roots rock.

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