New Music | Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons – Never Meant To Love You
by Jon W. Cole, is a contributing writer living in Memphis, TN. He occasionally posts mixes @ audioretrospective.com.
Old Believers marks Cory Chisel’s second collaboration with producer/performer Brendan Benson, & was recorded on the analog equipment at Nashville’s Welcome To 1979 studio. Unsurprisingly, it sounds like a 70′s record; between Benson, David Vandervelde, & Dawes, Nashville is beginning to gain a reputation as the place to recapture the west coast songwriter vibes of the ’70s. And while Chisel’s new record mostly fits pretty snugly into that scene, Never Meant To Love You more overtly recalls fellow Minnesota son Bob Dylan, who made his own sojourn to Music City. The homage briefly becomes obvious during lines like “Yeah, if you think I don’t need you, then baby think twice,” but Chisel never loses his own voice, & the song captures some of the most honest moments on a brutally honest record. “Never took myself for a family man. / Now I’m runnin’ to the bedroom every chance I can. / You draw the shades, you let your hair down, you pull me in. / Well, I can feel your blood rushin’ just below your skin.” That’s some songwritin’ right there.