I’ve been getting more familiar with the work of Aaron Einhouse over the past few months after listening to his 2016 album, “It Ain’t Pretty.” Seeing other artists comment and mention this artist eventually led me to see what all the fuss was about. The grit in his voice comes through strong in his music as does his ability to craft a story through each track. He’s an artist that I don’t just look at as just another artist, but as someone who is going to make an impression in country music.
My first impression of this album was how “full” it sounded with the production. Credit for this goes to Erik Herbst at the Panhandle House in Denton, Texas, where the album was recorded. When listening to this album with a good set of speakers, you hear all of the subtle touches that never once overstep their boundaries to take away Aaron’s powerful voice. The rockin’ tune “Dancin’” kept me captivated through the entire song with all of the different beats, harmonica, and guitars taking their turn in the spotlight. All the while, Aaron is singing about living life on the edge while still trying to juggle the responsibilities of family and life. Sounds eerily similar to the life of a musician, eh?
You know those times when you’re watching a movie or television show, and it suddenly takes a turn that you just never saw coming? Yeah, Einhouse knows how to do that in his music and takes things to an unexpected turn in the murder ballad, “My Susannah.” Country songs are known to have the heavy emotions that come with cheating, and Einhouse nails that here. The anger when he throws his phone when he finds that she wasn’t at work and the raging emotions cause him to not think clearly. That feeling of being betrayed when the woman you lost your innocence to turns around and cheats on you after all those years, is an incredible anger. So what does he do? Like any level headed dude that was just wronged, he take his gun and stakes out the house and we’ll just say that she isn’t leaving the house. At all. Were you expecting that?
Our grandparents are the gatekeepers to the past and provide us with the wisdom of a lifelong journey. Einhouse shares his grandfather with us in “The Richest Man” and fondly recounts the days of sitting at the diner swapping stories over lunch. His grandfather was a regular at the restaurant and the staff would all make it a point to talk with his grandfather. For most older folk, the awareness of the changing world and trends is a harsh reality. He instills the idea that standing up for yourself as you get older becomes an important part of being a man or woman. Much like Aaron’s granddad, my own has shared the sentiment of not chasing material items and focusing on love and family. When you look back on your life, it’s not usually the ”things” that you have, but who you spent your life with. There is nothing wrong with having some fun toys and such, but that should not be the ultimate goal of life. It’s not the fact that you own a fancy boat, it’s more about what you did on it and with who shared it with you that’s memorable. It’s a great song about life lessons and perspectives that can only come from someone who has experienced decades of mistakes and success.
The slick style of “Like Rock n Roll” gives Einhouse a chance to really stretch those vocal chords while singing about fast rock n roll love. It has to be one of my favorites on this album and he paints that sexy image of the two people falling in love. It’s a glorified lifestyle and so are the relationships that usually come from such. It’s pretty hard to not fall in love with this song and all the catchy beats and guitar that come along with it. Einhouse has a new fan in me after this album and he’s worthy of some time through your headphones. Quite frankly, if you aren’t entertained by an album like this, you might be listening to the wrong genre. It’s upbeat when it has to, and somber and reflective at other moments. This is an excellent album from cover to cover and has been one of my favorites that I’ve listened to in 2017.
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