Simpson first broke out in 2014 with his trippy, psych-country Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Thematically, his attention was equally widespread: The set ruminated on the origins of the universe, the meaning of life, and how to best endure the gloom and doom of the here and now. Last year, with his stunning third LP — his first on a major label and the first he produced on his own — the 37-year-old narrowed his gaze. Guide, which boasts a heady swirl of rock, blues, and rockabilly, is written as a letter of apology to his first child for a life spent on the road.
“Hello my son,” Simpson he croons on the album opener, “welcome to Earth.” Try “welcome to the A-list.”
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