About The Times We Live In
This week I am reviewing an album called The Times We Live In by folk musician David SweetLow. David is a long time friend of Effective Nerd, and I am happy to announce that he has released this new album this year!
David SweetLow is a singer and songwriter originally from Essex England. Over the course of his career has lived in Louisiana, Spain, and now resides in Japan. He is an excellent musician and producer.
The album is entitled The Times We Live In. It is self-published. It is available for streaming on all major platforms, including Google Play, Tidal and Spotify.
The Times We Live In can be purchased directly through David SweetLow’s official website.
The album consists of 10 tracks and runs just over forty-two minutes.
- I Cry
- Long Way Back
- I Know You Well
- Show Me Your Broken Heart
- That’s Why The Rain Reminds Me Of You
- You Are The Lucky One
- The Hurt Stays
- Finding North
- Do It All Over Once Again
- The Times We Live In
One of my favorite aspects of David SweetLow’s music is the balance between genres. He can write a folk tune with the energy of a pop ballad.
David SweetLow’s voice has a way of permeating through you when you listen to his songs. These vocal-driven tracks stand out in a culture that focuses on instrument production. Don’t get me wrong, the music is excellent as well. However, there is just something about David’s voice that makes his music a powerful listening experience. The Times We Live In is no different.
Kaori Anta’s flute work on this album is nothing short of enchanting. They are featured on the tracks “That’s Why The Rain Reminds Me of You” and “You Are The Lucky One”. Anta’s playing enhances David’s melodies and was a great featuring choice on this album.
The Times We Live In is also produced by David SweetLow. I felt that this album was well produced, front to back. David’s vocals sit well with the instruments. While the songs flow very fluidly, there is a lot of subtlety that I did not pick up until my second or third listen. This serves as a testament to the album’s immersive nature.
My favorite track on this album is “The Hurt Stays”, As a fan of faster music, the upbeat tempo of this song caught my ears. This song also features a great guitar solo. I felt that this song was also placed well in the album sequencing. It comes a bit more than halfway through the album. It serves as a great pick up after a series of slower, melodic tracks.
The title track for the album, The Times We Live In, comes at the end of the album. This was an excellent way to end the album. The lyrical content of the album covers many themes, such as forgetting past traumas and finding meaning in life. I felt that a song about present circumstances was a great choice for wrapping up The Times We Live In.
Overall, I found this album to be very well-made and enjoyable. David’s powerful vocals and instrumentation create an immersive flow that carries throughout the album. There is nuance in these tracks should not be overlooked. Every note, lyric, and sound is deliberate and creates a soundscape that is packed, but not overwhelming. I look forward to more releases from David Sweetlow.