Shortly after our review of The Heelers’ cd ran, I got an email from a reader saying I should check the cd that Isaac Hoskins,The Heelers’ singer, recorded before The Heelers existed. If there is one thing I am open to, it’s suggestions from 9B readers since, obviously, we all have a superior taste in our music. So check out Mr. Isaac Hoskins’ solo cd I did, and the better we’re all gonna be for it.
Half Empty was recorded in 2007 by two names that you should know; Brent Best and Matt Pence at Echolabs. It features 12 tracks, some are rockers, and those are fine enough, but it’s the slower, story-songs that grab me.
If you’ve ever drank enough to know how to drink, you know you have a point somewhere in the front end of the second drink where you’re 100% lucid but you’re emotionally open. In that brief period we’ve all heard a song that fucking. meant. something. That feeling. You know that moment. Well, Isaac has a few tracks on this album that make me feel that way, sans the drinks.There’s no mystery, no vagueness for art’s sake to this album. It’s stories, probably lived, told with rhyming words here and there, and in it’s simplicity lies the beauty.
Thank you, John the ninebullets reader, for turning me on to this album, and now I hope to pay it forward by turning others on to it, too.