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Album Review - The Suitcase Junket: The End is New (November 20, 2020)
The Suitcase Junket (Matt Lorenz) released their new album, The End is New around the end of November and we're here for it. It's an eclectic mix of alt-country and blues tinged rock-and-roll. It's got anthems on it (I'm looking at you "When the Battle is Won") and it's got more somber tunes like "Light a Candle". While Lorenz puts out some quality songs on The End is New, he also doesn't take himself too seriously, with blues-country tinged bangers like "Jesus! King of the Dinosaurs".
While Lorenz may make tracks like "Jesus! King of the Dinosaurs", that doesn't mean that he isn't tackling serious issues in his music. He openly wrestles with issues like how climate change has become a political football, dealing with loss, and the inundation from an ever-moving news cycle.
The End is New demonstrates how Lorenz is a versatile singer/songwriter, who has found an ever-developing signature sound that's blended in roots, rock, and blues. It feels partly classic with its windows down melodies, while being unrelentingly contemporary with its themes. A new favorite for many, The Suitcase Junket and The End is New come recommended with the highest regard.
Rating - 4.5/5