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ALBUM REVIEW: "Little Folks Like You and Me" by Mike Younger

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Mike Younger's 2017 album "Little Folks Like You and Me."
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Early in my life, I was given a piece of advice: “We all have to go through life so you might as well go to your own soundtrack.”

After being given various albums to review by for Red Dirt Report, there was one album that attracted my attention from the start. On the cover is a man in a black coat with a small woodland pond in the background.

Intrigued, I plugged in Mike Younger’s Little Folks Like You And Me into my car and started my half-hour drive back home. 

That day, I took all the back roads to make sure I could listen to the entire album. It was well worth it.

Mike Younger’s album shouldn’t be considered just a musical compilation; it should be considered poetry.

Growing up in Oklahoma, I’ve been fascinated by road trips. Over the years, I’ve developed a mixtape of songs that will always be in my heart as sacred to the roads that I travel. Upon listening to this album, I have more to add.

Canadian native Mike Younger is a tale of a traveling soul searcher. Leaving his home in Nova Scotia by 17, he left to pursue his musical career. He traveled throughout the country and developed his sound of rock and folk with hints of country.

With three albums under his belt, 2017’s Little Folks Like You And Me is Younger’s finest work to date.

The album is a 10 track record with all the flavors you’d want from an artist with a wide variety of musical chops.

Throughout the album, you can feel the influences that Younger drove his music from. Hints of artists like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Bruce Springsteen are imbedded in the soulful lyrics.

With a music field full of derived lyrics and shameless club beats, this album is an oasis.

Younger’s easy riding voice treks the listener into his world and takes you for a ride that makes you appreciate the world you live in. He does this in a way that is as inviting as finding an old friend and going out on the road for weeks on end.

From the first track to the last, I had a smile on my face. Never once did my finger twitch towards the skip button.

This album has a wide variety of songs that everyone in the car can enjoy.

Track one is a road trip classic in the making. “If I Was A Wheel” starts off the album with a light acoustic guitar to invite the listener in. As he picks up the pace, Younger wants us to feel the open road around us.

One of the lines that stuck out to me was near the end of the song. “If I were a wheel, I’d keep rolling down the road.” It’s his way of expressing that life will always move along and so should we.

There is one song on the album that I have had on replay for a few days. Especially with everything that is happening in the world around us, Younger provides a message of hope and freedom.

“With little folks like you and me,” Younger sings. “We’ve been misguided trying to be free.”

Younger shows the audience a better way of looking at the world. Instead of giving into all the pessimism and all the hatred, try stepping away from it entirely. After all, the Devil could only play with those who let him.

Aside from the acoustic tracks, there are plenty of songs to dance to and play on a back porch with a beer in your hand.

Songs like “Never Was A Dancer” and “Rodeo Queen” are songs that are sure to make people grab their dates and swing them onto the dance floor. Heavy drums and fun mandolin twists are sure to make your foot tap until the final chords.

Yet, no album is ever without fault.

The only problem that I have been able to find is on track 8, “How To Tell A Friend Goodbye”. Country songs and drunken fools have sung about this exact thing with those exact words for as long as heartbreak has been around. Though he didn’t offer anything new, it was still nice to hear.

A line from track 6 is something for people wanting a better world to live in. From the song “What Kind Of World”, Younger sings “If it’s foolish to dream of a better day, then foolish I’ll stay.”

In a world torn by differences, this was damn near therapeutic to hear.

Overall, be sure to grab Mike Younger’s album before you set out on the open road. I can guarantee that you’ll roll through your Rolodex of emotions and enjoy every second of it.

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Brandon King

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