Johnathan Rice “Good Graces”: Album Review

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Rating: 4.5/5

This album technically came out last year, but it needs to be talked about.

Scottish-American singer-songwriter Johnathan Rice starts off his 2013 album Good Graces with a candid reference to marijuana in the song title of his first song “Acapulco Gold”. Affectionately named after a strain of marijuana, it can’t be too hard to guess what this song is about. “I can reach the low-hanging fruit just fine. There’s no need to reach so high,” Rice croons.

When I first gave this song a listen, I thought I had spent the entire day surfing and was about to recline next to a large bonfire on a beach at night. That’s some serious imagery, but such is the power of Rice’s absolutely addicting song “Lou Rider”. What is he talking about in this song? Honestly, I’m not sure, but it’s hard not to jam out to this song. “Keep me on the right track,” Rice echoes in this hypnotic and mind-altering ballad.

“I’m forgiven, I’m forgiven – and it feels so good!” Rice cheers in his song “Good Graces” about getting on the right side of the tracks with his mystery lover that is the subject of many of his songs. Or, perhaps, he could be referring to multiple people. Whatever the case, the results of his idyllic worship in his songs are absolutely stunning. Apart from the occasional drug references, like “all of the soldiers in the poppy field,” Rice’s catchy songs and smooth vocals make for a superb album.

If you haven’t already bought it, buy it now. You will not regret it.

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