2016 – Forty Below Records
By Phillip Smith; May 28, 2016
Sam Morrow’s debut album Ephemeral was one of my favorites of 2014, therefore, I was most curious to hear the new songs on his latest release There Is No Map. As expected, the new album revealed to be another masterpiece. With poetic beauty and brutal honesty, Morrow explores the not-so-glamorous gonzo journeys his modern-day outlaw life has taken.
The soulful boogie-laced tale of destitution and addiction in “Barely Holding On” is a sure-fire hit. Like a freight train, the songs keep fearlessly rolling. I get goose bumps when I hear “The Deaf Conductor”, written by the album’s producer Eric Corne. Accompanied by the lush and beautifully textured sounds of a B3, this one has an instant familiarity to it. I feel as if I’ve heard this song a hundred times before. Then there’s the swirling, melancholy, country-flavored dirge “Green”, in which Morrow, like a burdened Buddha sings “The same old bullshit don’t make the grass green.” This one is flawlessly and soulfully performed. The eerie and ominous vibe woven into the wonderfully dark “Devil’s in the Details” are quick to grab my attention as well. The song is short, but sweet.
With two strong albums like these under Morrow’s belt, I already await the next.
For more info about Sam Morrow, check out his website... http://sammorrowmusic.com/