Review: Joshua Ray Walker’s New ‘Thank You for Listening’
UPDATED: February 29, 2024
UPDATED: February 29, 2024

Joshua Ray Walker says “Thank You”

Joshua Ray Walker‘s latest release, Thank You for Listening, marks a significant milestone in his musical journey. In light of recent personal challenges, including his battle with colon cancer announced in December, Walker’s album emerges as a heartfelt expression of gratitude. The album is a self-declared love letter and personal thank you to his dedicated fanbase. Despite the absence of further updates on his health status post-surgery, Walker’s hiatus concluded with the unveiling of this poignant collection.

This album stands out as a pinnacle of Joshua Ray Walker’s artistry. While he’s often recognized for his larger-than-life persona and bold artistic choices (as evidenced by his captivating cover of Lizzo‘s Cuz I Love You), Thank You For Listening offers listeners a more intimate glimpse into his soul. Through the simplicity of just his guitar and vocals, Walker invites us to connect with his passion and pain on a profound level.

Songs and Lyrics

Comprised of 12 tracks, the album encapsulates pure emotion, while covering a collection of songs spanning his previous three releases. At RootsnRevelery, we hold a deep appreciation for singer-songwriters, particularly those like Walker who convey their sentiments with such sincerity. The tracks on Thank You for Listening resonate with authenticity, featuring Walker’s raw and unpolished vocals bleeding over his acoustic guitar. Although subjective, I would argue this is how Walker’s music should be heard. The acoustic nature gives a new weight and gravitas to certain songs.  Noteworthy renditions include Voices and Canyon, wherein Walker’s evocative “high and lonesome” yodeling infuses these songs with renewed depth. Meanwhile, personal favorites like Dumpster Diving showcase Walker’s lyrical prowess in a stripped-down presentation reminiscent of John Prine‘s finesse.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, whether one prefers the acoustic renditions or the original album versions becomes inconsequential. “Thank You For Listening” serves as a companion piece to Walker’s existing body of work, a must-listen for any enthusiast. In delivering this album, Walker extends his thanks and gratitude to the fans. Well Sir……I speak for myself and all the fans, we are the ones that are thankful. We look forward to the next one.

Album Release: February 14, 2024       Label: Joshua ray Walker/ Soundly Music

Favorite Tracks: Canyon, Voices, Dumpster Diving

 

RootsnRevelry Grade:                           

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