It is funny how you discover artists sometimes. I actually found David Ramirez on fellow artist Matthew Mayfield's Instagram, where he recommended the followers to check out this album. I am sure glad I did, because this is, in my book, the best album of 2012!
Ramirez operates in the same area as Ryan Adams did on Heartbreaker. We are talking about songs in the folk/alt-country vein with lots of emotions. In fact, the opennig three songs are amazing. The third track "Stick Around" is the song that I played the most, by far, in 2012.
There are so many great songs on this album, but if I have to pick a few standout songs, I would go with; "Stick Around", "God Bless", "An Introduction", and "Goodbye". There is a mix of slow songs and songs with more pace, and Ramirez handles it all really well.
What lifts this album is that it is so filled with emotion. You can really "feel" the lyrics (as cheesy as it might sound). Like Ray LaMontagne, Ramirez grabs hold of you and you never lose attention to the stories he tells.
I would like to end with saying two thanks. First, thanks to Martthew Mayfield for helping me discover David Ramirez. Second, a big thanks fo David Ramirez for recording, and releasing, the best album of 2012!