ALBUM REVIEW: Magnolia “Follow Me Down” ALBUM REVIEW: Magnolia “Follow Me Down”
ALBUM REVIEW: Magnolia “Follow Me Down”

MAGNOLIA

Follow Me Down

10.0

Lost John’s Meredith Kimbrough put out her debut album, Follow Me Down, in early June. Since then, I’ve not been able to put it down. I’ve listened to this record over and over and have gone back and forth with myself trying to figure out how to succinctly describe it. “Achingly beautiful” is what I’ve come up with.

I’m a real big fan of Lost John’s work, so I naturally felt something spark when I first heard Follow Me Down. Kimbrough has an effortlessly knock-out voice. She’s a true songbird. Her voice has great tone and plenty of range. And while her voice is such a big component of the Lost John sound, Follow Me Down is a real breakout moment for her. It’s just her and her voice and her songs.

The album begins with a track called “Neptune’s Daughter,” a wavey, slow-burning number that tells a story of a woman who is making her way through a difficult situation and ultimately comes out ahead. From there, the album follows along on a similar autobiographic path, with Kimbrough dealing with topics like love, loss and redemption.

The songs on the record aren’t overly complicated, but it’s Kimbrough’s ability to tell a story and her knack for finding a melody that make the album so intoxicatingly pleasant. Tracks like “Raindance,” The Awakening” and “Follow Me Down” really resonate with me.

It’s easy to get lost in a good record like this. It’s approachable, has good song structures, and keeps you coming back for more.

Standout Track: Neptune’s Daughter

Justin Bates

Justin co-founded FayetteSound in 2016 and ShindigMusic! in the summer of 2017. He is a Pearl Jam enthusiast and avid collector of music from all genres in all formats, with a particular preference for vinyl. He's the spouse of artist Stacy, of Stacy Bee Art fame.