Third record from Dylan LeBlanc, following on from two releases on a major label that apparently didn’t work out so well for him. Lots of the material on Cautionary Tale deals with his consequent drunken sadness, his impressive voice carrying the melancholy very well indeed. Out on Single Lock Records.
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Dylan Le Blanc’s previous two records were released on a major label and he has been touted as the next Neil Young or something. Presumably something has gone terribly wrong along the way and the 23 (23!?) year old has slipped into relying on that old cause and solution to all life's problems - alcohol. He’s now back on track and the opener and title track here ‘Cautionary Tale’ is absolutely mind numbingly gorgeous.
If I said the words 'foggy' and 'Laurel' and 'Canyon' would that help? It’s a delicious reverb coated piece of gorgeous acoustic pop with nods to Fleet Foxes, Elliott Smith and early Band of Horses. Elsewhere things lollop slightly more, ‘Look How Far We’ve Come’ justifies those Neil Young comparisons - LeBlanc has a high and lonesome voice which flies like a flag over the top of his downtrodden country-ish pop. The album is beautifully produced by his pal Ben Tanner and has a soft lush feel particularly on ‘Man Like Me’ with it’s rolling percussion and distant strings.
This is the sort perfectly judged song that should not be ignored or underestimated and if certain songs are little bit too Neil Young (‘Easy Way Out’ is ’Southern Man’) there’s still enough here to make this album sit above the standard singer songwriter fair that’s under every nook and cranny. Some lovely moments here.
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