Album Review: Sam Chue: Something About the Weather

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Sam Chue 

Something About the Weather

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There is a lot to love in the new acoustic folk album Something About the Weather by Sam Chue. The craftsmanship and quality of sound is brilliant because Chue is an adept songwriter. There is no doubt this is a real man’s music; that a living and breathing person wrote these songs. Authenticity rings true in every track through vibrant life coming from the guitar. Chue has found his voice. Powerful songs commanded by a powerful presence, Something About the Weather has 10 tracks, all of which carrying the capacity to hit home on a long night drive or a late morning in bed.

“Weight of the World” is devoted as the first track off the album with sounds that are pure, patient and ambient. Everything is on time in this one and the groove is the sweetest. I love Chue’s voice as he delivers folk with clarity and purpose. This song has got a lot in common with acoustic Pink Floyd jams and that rules. “Thundercall” follows as a nice fingerpicked acoustic jam that develops progressively while harnessing focus on each word the voice brings out. Chue seems to deliver himself when saying “Cause I’m as strong as the Thundercalls / Where I go I bring the rain / Don’t be afraid of the sound at all / I’ll be a sunny day again”.

Something About the Weather has some real heart-melters, tracks such as “Shelter” and “Sure as the Rain” embody the sound you need when you want to slow down take a minute to look inside of yourself.

The final track on the album, “Winter of the Grief,” starts out slow and steadily gains the force of a tornado in an epic rock out to the end of a moving album.

As seasons change so does the music rotation and I recommend checking Chue’s collection by throwing Something About the Weather on the playlist.

–Mark Broyles