DYLAN LeBLANC – ” Cautionary Tale “

Posted: January 1, 2017 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Cautionary Tale

The third studio long-player from the Muscle Shoals-born crooner, the aptly named Cautionary Tale finds singer songwriter Dylan LeBlanc exorcizing some personal demons while injecting some much needed pomp and circumstance into his signature blend of breezy, ’70s West Coast singer/songwriter pop and Bible Belt-bred Gothic Americana. A conscious attempt to avoid relying on the self-described “sad bastard songs” that were so prevalent on his prior two releases, Cautionary Tale doesn’t exactly shake the rafters, but the addition of a rhythm section, along with copious amounts of cello, violin, and viola, certainly helps to expand the young troubadour’s sound.

His high and lonesome croon sits much higher in the mix this time around, and imbues highlights like the lush and lovely tracks “Roll the Dice,” the snappy and soulful “Easy Way Out,” and the road trip-ready title cut with an air of confidence that had been missing up to now. Even the quieter moments, of which there are still quite a few, especially on the LP’s more laconic back half, are bolstered by tight production and the sterling performances of both LeBlanc and his band.

LeBlanc hasn’t travelled the easiest road. And while some would find it hard to shed a tear for the young balladeer, the trials and tribulations that strode alongside his first two albums are the cornerstones of Cautionary Tale, and we are all the beneficiaries. Spin often, and with much care.

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