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Skyway Man / World Only Ends When You Die, The
Album:World Only Ends When You Die, The Collection:General
Artist:Skyway Man Added:01/2021
Label:Mama Bird 

 Recent Airplay
1.Apr 17, 2021:Hanging in the bone yard
Power
4.Feb 20, 2021:Hanging In The Bone Yard
Don't Feel Bad About Being Alive, Power, Did Ya Know Him?, Muddy Water
2.Mar 05, 2021:KZSU Time Traveler
Sometimes Darkness/Railroad/Sometimes Darkness Reprise
5.Feb 19, 2021:KZSU Time Traveler
Sometimes Darkness/Railroad/Sometimes Darkness Reprise
3.Feb 26, 2021:KZSU Time Traveler
Did Ya Know Him?
6.Feb 12, 2021:KZSU Time Traveler
Sometimes Darkness/Railroad/Sometimes Darkness Reprise

Album Review
Mr. Bones
Reviewed 2021-01-25 
In 'Die, Skyway Man, aka James Wallace, presents a soulful americana/dream-pop opera inspired by a trip on the mythological River Styx. As such it follows the travails of one battling the gods while recovering from a near death experience. The story also borrows heavily from old time gospel tunes which are repurposed for this magical journey. Sonically the disk combines a unique pastiche of styles which include generous dolops of soul, reggae and synths over his laconic JJ Cale style vocals. Together they give the disk a unique 21st sound while honoring its gospel inspiration.

RIYL: Jonathan Richmond, T. Rex

1 Muddy Water - slow, syncopated talk/sing with a dreamy vibe (slow, 4:23)***
2 Sometimes Darkness' - blissful toe tapper based on Woke Up The Morning by Blind Rosevelt Graves (med, 5:33)***
3 Old Swingin' Bell - old timey gospel sound updated with Theremin? & saxophone (med, 4:11)*
4 Did Ya Know Him - Nice cello & horn accents on this low key rocker (med, 6:01)**
5 Common Void - dreamy & melancholic reflection on his father's passing (slow, 2:53)*
6 Rise of Integration - trippy instrumental with some voice over (med, 1:13)
7 Don't Feel Bad About Being Alive - celebration of life inspired by a fan's comment about his sad music, with killer driving bass intro (fast, 4:47)**
8 Night Walking, Alone - slow ode to romance based on his experience delivering Valentines flowers with nice orchestration (slow, 3:44)
9 Atom Bomb - short talking intro breaks to full throttle rocker, think 21'st century J.L. Lewis (fast, 2:57)**
10 Power - dreamy interpretation of an gospel track by Brother and Sister W.B. Grate (slow, 4:50)**

Track Listing
1.Muddy Water 
6.The Rise of the Integratron
2.Sometimes Darkness/Railroad/Sometimes Darkness Reprise 
7.Don't Feel Bad About Being Alive
3.Old Swingin' Bell 
8.Night Walking, Alone
4.Did Ya Know Him? 
9.Atom Bomb
5.Common Void 
10.Power