By Michael Scott Cain
Posted October 17, 2015
At this writing, we've got three more months 'til the end of the year, but it's still safe to say that Bobby Long's new album, Ode to Thinking, is easily the best Americana album of the year. Long scores on all fronts: the album is beautifully written, sung, produced and mixed. It does what all of the best albums do: it makes a profound personal statement while at the same time touching the universal. Ode to Thinking is Bobby Long's story but it's also the story that belongs to all of us.
This is Long's third album and it consists of songs that went through a year-long creative
The CD offers a great mix of songs and never makes the mistake of having two songs in the same tempo or the same key follow each other. Each song is arranged organically; in all cases, the arrangement suits the material perfectly. Before too long, the name Bobby Long will be mentioned with the names Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Tim Buckley. If he keeps making music this good, he's going to be one of the immortals.