BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
It’s truly a tragedy that an artist like Ken Will Morton can offer one excellent album after another without garnering the adoration and affection that’s long been his due. With his down-home delivery, everyman attitude and catalogue of gritty, gut-wrenching tunes that tread the line between remorse and resolve, Morton makes music that sounds every bit as essential as Springsteen, Earle, Townes, Mellencamp or any of today’s other heartland heroes.
Morton’s latest opus, the aptly titled Slow Burn, further affirms that premise, given its series of rugged rockers that effectively amp up the attitude and ring with his usual resilience. Where his last album, the equally appropriately dubbed Contender, reflected a mellower motif through a series of forlorn narratives, the new album doesn’t hold back when it comes to asserting his ragged and raging recriminations. If song titles like “No Place for a Sensitive Man,” “Asshole” and “Slow Burn” don’t already hint at that pent-up venom, the fiery sentiments, whiplash refrains and sprawling arrangements leave no doubt as to his wayward musings.
Another Morton milestone, Slow Burn is ablaze with his usual indisputable brilliance.
DOWNLOAD: “No Place for a Sensitive Man,” “Asshole,” “Slow Burn”