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Album Review of
Southbound
Bob Rea

Written by Duane Verh
April 1, 2018 - 12:00am EDT
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Not one to hold back an emotional gut-punch, Bob Rea softens the blow, somewhat, with lyrical crafting and collaborations that rival those of any top-tier troubadour one can name. While often immersed in his own tragic intimacies- “Wanna Do”, “Lonely Is Lonely”- he finds a moment to season another’s parallel plight with pungent humor- “Screw Cincinnati”, then counter that light-hearted spell with the mind-searing, Cohen-esque “The Law”.  Other tracks of note on this early “years-best” candidate include “Soldier On”, “Southbound” and “Vietnam”.  Production and backup is first-rate.