Lawson return with their first single from their upcoming album, but does Roads manage to convince us that the boys are gunna be around for a little while longer?
For starters, they’ve got a big task on their hands trying to top their debut, and it’s always harder to create a decent pop album after your first has been so successful. Road’s can therefore be put in the category of ‘trying to gain momentum for the new record’. Unfortunately its almost pop/folk/country doesn’t seem to realise which way its going or where it wants to be. The verses are missing a distinct lack of variety and the sound really needs taking up a peg or two – there’s nothing here that hasn’t been done before.
Where the song does start to shine is when the chorus kicks in. The kind of cowboy story with love on his mind starts to take shape and as it begins to get funky, the slow build up battles against your power to not tap along. This all filters through in the lyrics, and you can almost taste the sun by the time the chorus is over.
But ultimately, its not the best they’ve done. We all know they have much more in them, which is surprising why this is the first single from the new album. The boys definitely have much more to offer and hopefully this will be apparent with future releases.