Brian Fallon’s solo music gets better and better and his third solo release, an EP called Local Honey is his best offering yet. Fallon, the frontman for the Gaslight Anthem, has been in the solo mode for a while now and it suits him well. He still writes some amazing music with personal lyrics and strong melodies, but his music really borders more around being Americana and folk now than the straight rock that was Gaslight during that tenure. The music suits him well and Local Honey fits him the best.
There’s so much here to like. The melodies are the dominant part of the record. Yeah, they’re mild in the verses and there’s nothing really to latch onto but the lyrics. Then, Fallon goes into a bridge and a chorus, and it’s amazing. The melodies on a huge chunk of this record are perfectly passionate.
The melodies wouldn’t be what they are without the other elements surrounding them. Fallon’s lyrics have always had some unique touches to them and the songs on Local Honey are no difference. Like on the song “Vincent” – the song starts out with ‘My name is Jolene... I’ve always hated that song.’ – its this personal element in writing lyrics that oddly sets the stage for everything else. It builds the stage from a storytelling standpoint and warms you up with how Fallon delivers the lyrics in the rest of the song.
The songs themselves are outstanding, but the production is too. It’s got a lot of personality. Steel guitar, subtle cello, personality elements on acoustic guitars, analog moments, natural reverb – the production on this EP is outstanding.
Fallon’s Local Honey is an amazing EP. He’s a one of a kind storyteller that really delivers throughout these eight songs. These songs are great for late night listening and reflecting. Gaslight fans will want to check this out for sure, but more than that, fans of good music will love this too.