If you’re looking for the intersection of modern sound and classic songwriting, we suggest you try PJay Johnson.
The singer/songwriter not only has a good voice and a solid grasp of what makes lyrics work, he also seems to understand the lost art of album sequencing. Insignificant Other seems to tell the story of one man’s progression through a relationship with a woman. From the first moments when he first meets her, through the tough times, and back to that good place, there is something that just feels right about the position of the songs. Add to that some notable interludes from Boomerang and Cocoa Brown that draw the theme together and you have a very cohesive project with absolutely no filler.
Lyrically, this is a solid album. There isn’t anything really out of the ordinary here but there is something that makes you connect. Likely it’s the use of solid metaphors and imagery that sells the listener from the first note. You hear something that is relatable. The vocals also help with the connection as he knows how to use his instrument to its best effect. He doesn’t employ a lot of falsetto (expect on adlibs), but he really doesn’t need to. He stays in his vocal range with a tone and delivery that is earnest and enticing.
The production, done with assistance from Johnson himself, hovers between the down-tempo and mid-tempo range but you never feel a lack of energy because of that. Just when you think that things might be slowing down too much, he throws in a nice underlying beat on the chorus or a slightly faster production on the next track to keep you involved every moment. Because of that, the eleven tracks seem to pass quickly and you find yourself hitting repeat to try to absorb more of it.
Our favorite tracks are Back 2 Someone New, Tell Me, and Sticks & Stones. The most skippable tracks are the interludes.
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