Ruston Kelly's Dying Star - My Album of the Year.
One of the things I struggle with is when I find a new band, song, or whatever else I have a connection with. Part of me wants to tell the world about it because other people could connect with it too. The other part of me wants to keep it to myself, almost as if other people enjoying it will make me enjoy it less.
The songs I can listen to on repeat for hours at a time. The albums that can loop through an entire day without getting old. These are what make life worth living.
Is love when two people have the same connection with an album? I imagine someone who has listened to Futures the same number of times as me. Given it the same amount of consideration I have over the past 14 years. (Since its release.) I’d be willing to bet we’re going to get along.
I have two of my best friends because of music.
Have you ever listened to The Cowboy Song by Thin Lizzy? If you have not, go check it out. The first time I met my friend Kevin, we were talking about music. Somehow, we got on the topic of The Cowboy Song. I told him that was one of the songs I wanted played at my funeral. He looked kind of shocked, (way to be morbid and weird around new people, I thought to myself). Then he slapped me on the arm and told me he’s been telling people that for as long as he can remember. Instant friendship. This event was sometime in 2007, we’re still friends to this day.
Not sold on the idea? I met my other best friend because of a band t-shirt. (a Newfound Glory t-shirt to be exact. It was 2003, don’t judge me.) That shirt started a conversation about music that has been going on for at least 15 years now. Jason and I traveled to many concerts over the years. We’ll be the 80-year-old men at the metal show all the kids will think got lost or escaped from the old folk’s home.
Now comes the hard part. The reason I bring all this up is because of Ruston Kelly’s new album, Dying Star.
At the current moment in writing this, I’ve listed to this album in its entirety at least a dozen times. It’s my new favorite album. Ruston Kelly released five singles from Dying Star in the weeks leading up to its release. Teasers I couldn’t get enough of. The songs have a simplistic beauty. They aren’t trying to be anything other than what they are. Dying Star flows through a journey of ups and downs. It’s a lot like a singer/songwriter (rock) opera. It’s the story of all the things you go through in a bad breakup. All of them.
Dying Star is the realest album I’ve listened to in a long time. It’s relatable (for me anyway) in a way that I have not felt since Jason Isbell’s album Southeastern (2013). Not that his later efforts were bad, Southeastern rearranged my molecules.
Dying Star is currently rearranging my molecules.
“I’m the thing you’ll never get back. But swear to god you could.” This line from Mercury won’t leave me alone. The entire song, really. It’s made my funeral list. - Let it be known I want this played at my funeral. Along with The Cowboy Song by Thin Lizzy and Fade to Black by Metallica. – This is one of those songs that grabbed my soul as soon as I heard it. It’s also one of those songs I hesitate telling people about. I feel like it’s mine, like it was written specifically for me. This is what good music (art) does. It connects with you in a way that’s perfect. No matter how many people know it, like it, or hate it. It’s yours. Mercury is my favorite song on the album. All the songs are great, this one stands out the most to me.
Now it’s your turn. Will you go listen to Dying Star? If you do, I want to know what you think about Ruston Kelly’s first full-length album. What was your favorite song? Why’d you like that one best? Leave a comment or hit me up on the social sites.