Sep 21, 2016

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Album Review: Passenger – Young As The Morning Old As The Sea

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4.5

Michael Rosenberg, better known as Passenger, returns with his new offering Young As The Morning Old As The Sea – a beautiful album with simple and relatable stories. His voice is so distinct and different that you just want to listen to each word and each breath. Passenger is a great songwriter that really makes you feel what he’s feeling and tell a story that just needed a little music to be told to the world.

I have to say that every track on this album is enjoyable, though particular highlights include the beautiful and deep opening track Everything, which soars through with a simple melody and leaves a lasting impact with such a simple message. No, When We Were Young is not a cover of the amazing Adele tune, but it is a great nostalgic pop song that everyone can truly relate to. Next up on the highlights list is Anywhere and is a fun and upbeat love song. This really could be a big hit for Passenger, reminiscent of his previous monster Let Her Go.

Later on we have the title track, Young As The Morning Old As The Sea and it is quite reflective and meditative. It’s a super visual story and has a nice back beat. I also love the hopeful song Fool’s Gold – Mr. Rosenberg has a way of singing like he’s telling the listener’s story, just for them.

He closes the album with a song called Home. It is upbeat but he sings with a power and a need that we haven’t heard yet on this album. It’s like as if he told us his tales and wants to just make sure we hear these last words of wisdom. We can take all these songs, go on a hike, and think about our lives, our journey.

Michael Rosenberg is a poet, a great songwriter and musician. It’s great to have music that we can all relate to and enjoy in any mood or location. I would highly recommend this album to anyone who has liked Passenger’s previous work or if you are looking to explore a new artist. I think he crosses several genre’s, including folk, pop, and the singer/songwriter set, but he does so with a universal message.

Jake Krickhan