Music Review: A Winter Tale, by Bobby Long

Bobby Long‘s debut album A Winter Tale plays like a movie in my head. The songs are stories – not catchy, 3-note refrains – and they feel haunting and full. And that’s a good thing. Reviewing this CD has been such a pleasant surprise, especially because I was ignorant of Long’s already-established fan base.

Turns out, he wrote a song called “Let Me Sign,” which was sung by actor Robert Pattinson in the first Twilight movie and included on the film’s soundtrack. Long then became huge on MySpace, and garnered a devoted following who swear by his charisma and magnetic presence during live performances.

While I have neither heard the song from Twilight (never watched the movie!), visited Long’s MySpace page, or seen him live, I have become totally mesmerized by A Winter Tale.

Bobby Long A Winter Tale cover

Long has a blues-folk vibe, with a slight rasp and full serving of earnestness in his voice. It’s true that a couple of tracks on the song (in particular the first two, which almost made me turn the CD off) are a bit over-produced, but it’s disappointing only because the band crowds out the clarity of his voice, deep lyrics, and guitar skills. Left alone on tracks like “Bounty of Mary Jane” (my favorite!) and “Dead and Done” (would have fit perfectly on the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack), and “Two Years Old,” Long’s voice and lyrics give me goose bumps.

He’s been compared to music legend Bob Dylan and contemporary artists Mumford and Sons. Whoever you think he sounds like, if you favor a real musical experience from a real musician, I think you’ll enjoy Bobby Long‘s A Winter Tale.

Check out this video to see what I mean:

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*Disclosure: Through my association with Music Moms , ATO Records provided me a copy of the CD to facilitate this review. I received no other compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. And by the way, I’m listening to the CD even as I type this.

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*original post included a giveaway of the CD

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  • Awesome! I’ll have to check it out. Right now I’m enjoying Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros with some Hall & Oates thrown in for a good time.

  • Jessica Barrus Morgan

    I’m always on the look out for new music! A little while ago you introduced me to Man vs. Machine, for which I’m greatful! Or grateful… I’m never sure how to spell that properly 🙂
    Lately, I’m lame, and I’m listening to Laurie Berkner – she’s a kid’s song singer. Oh the things I do for Lily.

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    I tweeted – and I’m so unsophisticated, I don’t know how to leave a link to it here 🙂

  • ShootingStarsMag

    I’m really into Say Anything at the moment. I need to start listening to some more Mumford and Sons. They were great on the Grammy’s.

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  • Jennifer

    Hey there! Just heard the song “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Such a cool song! Jenn