After releasing his debut solo EP earlier in 2018, William Ryan Key of Yellowcard Fame released his second EP at the tail-end of the year too. Titled Virtue, the singer/songwriter builds on the successful debut and is clearly starting to come into his own as a solo artist.
Virtue is six songs of a journey through Key’s psyche. Meant as a simple introduction, “The Same Destination” is only 1:46 long, but it manages to build the foundation for the rest of the EP. From there, the EP plays perfectly. “Mortar and Stone” is one of the best songs that Key has ever written. “The Bowery” feels like a complete listen, and “Downtown (Up North)” has an awesome chorus.
Key’s really coming into his own as an acoustic solo artist. There are only a few people who can legitimately pull off the direction that Key is heading. Obviously, Chris Carrabba did it years ago, but Key might be the best at it that we’ve heard in a bit. Give this a listen on your favorite service, you won’t regret it.