- Audio CD (4 Sept. 2015)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: New West Records
- ASIN: B0051OJHUE
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The young songwriter’s second release and debut for New West Records is an impressive and diverse concept album split between five breathtaking folk songs and five soon-to-be country standards. Listening to Photographs, one finds it difficult to pigeonhole Robert Ellis. It’s even harder to remember that he’s barely just begun.
tantalizing and moody folk rock. --Daytrotter
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Towards the end of "Westbound Train" the tempo changes and drums and pedal steel guitar propel the song into a contemporary country sound. In the best tradition of country music the second part of the album charts the dysfunctional relationship that began in the cemetery. His drinking and her cheating are the themes of the songs written by Ellis and sung with an intensity that conveys the misery of a broken relationship and a broken heart. Violins, viola and cello are added to the mix to heighten the dramatic effect and to enhance the melodies.
"What's In It For Me" and "I'll Never Give Up On You" are powerful reflections upon the devastation caused by a broken relationship and sung with a maturity that belies his age. Ellis is just 22 years old.
The title song "Photographs" is a powerful finale to the album as he pleads:
"Honey, take down the photographs
I need to know what's past is past
Darlin' tell me I'm the only one
That your two timin' days are done
That you've had your fun"
and he sounds every bit as plaintive as George Jones himself. This is a song cycle of great artistry and in American Songwriters Top 50 Albums of 2011 it was voted in at #31. As performer, producer and arranger Robert Ellis is a talent to be reckoned with.
Westbound Train is a standout for me.
The George Jones (like)tracks are better but not by much. Again the lyrics are hardly inspiring, e.g. You better not have any fun when I'm not around........I'll poke you in the eye, stomp on your foot....ok maybe tongue in cheek but wish he'd kept it there.
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On his song "Coming Home," a beauty, he clearly declares his influences: "I got Lefty, Willie, Hank and Townes to keep me company." I got the disc because I'm a Willie Nelson and Hank Williams fan, but there is a lot more here than just a Hank Williams wannabe. So young, maybe 23, 24, this Robert Ellis is wise beyond his years and well worth a listen. He seems to have his act together and, like I said, I'm looking forward to another album.
This is the real deal folks.
They are truly one of the most amazing tight knit bands I have ever seen. I was hooked after one song as was most the crowd.
I bought the CD at the show two weeks ago and haven't taken it out of my car since. Robert and the band have a quiet confidence that is lacking in most music. I have not stopped talking about them since I've seen them. Take a listen, you won't be disappointed.