Though this is Rodrigue’s debut, the 26-year-old has a long history of musical interest going back to his formative years in Northern California, including songwriting experience since the age of 8. Now based in Los Angeles, he takes plenty of help on backing vocals here on a stripped back, intimate and sweeping listen.
While the album leads with a few acoustic guitar driven, indie-folk tunes that run parallel to the early days of Bright Eyes, with the playful “Some Kind Of Heaven” being the shining moment, the abrupt and welcomed change into the swift garage rock of “The Money Game” shows us that Rodrigue has more up his sleeve.
The remainder of the album brings more quaint beauty, including the piano balladry of “Living This Way,” the cautious roots rocks of “If You’re Not My Lover,” and the sparse duet with Sie Sie Benhoff, “It’s So Funny.”
An impressive first album that’s heartfelt and forthright, this is clearly a sign of grand things in the future for this young man.
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