Daniel Knox – Won’t You Take Me With You Review

An undeniable achievement to release two albums in one year, a stark showcase of productivity to do it in the face of a tough year for everyone. Half Heart: Songs from Twin Peaks and You Are My Friend: The Songs of Mister Rogers were lovingly crafted accompaniments to some of the great creatives and exemplary beings of our time. Daniel Knox and the crooning baroque brilliance he holds within him has been a true treat, and his latest album, Won’t You Take Me With You, is the exact level of quality and confidence you would expect from someone with over a decade of experience.

Wasting no time at all, Won’t You Take Me With You leaps into action with King of the Ball, a jaunty track circling around the piano-laden backing track. It matches superbly with the lyrical witticisms fans of Knox have come to know and love. Here paired with silky-smooth blends of jazz and baroque pop, a new style is presented. Not too far removed from the art-pop found on his self-titled album, but a step in the direction for incorporating the matured swing Knox relies on when utilising jazz. Vinegar Hill offers similar tones, the gentle touch of cymbals mould well with the saxophone and mystifying vocals.

Rewarding tracks are frequent throughout, the opening tracks both the clear highlights with their upbeat momentum, paired with lyrics that have been dipped in tragedy. Such is the tone and manner of Knox; whose booming voice brings life to striking ballad Girl from Carbondale. Blurring that bittersweet line between romantic and sudden, tragic ends, the track revels in those quavering notes of unknowing. Look at Me provides similar results, and is perhaps the most removed from anything Knox has worked on previously. Harsh, lengthy guitar chords push down the warbling, echoed vocals. Such differing tones create a cavalcade of sounds, a unique experience that works surprisingly well. Won’t You Take Me With You is filled with those moments, the odd changes or touches add important, pivotal layers to the odd mixtures and melodies found throughout.

Won’t You Take Me With You showcases a sincere maturity and growth for Knox. He holds on tight to the baroque pop tones, but packs a mighty punch with his lyrical charms. Some moments could be improved on, but they feel like such minor slights when paired with the extreme talent found throughout this incredible collection of songs. Another divinely exceptional album, nine songs that have within them some genuine heart, soul and love. Such a commodity is growing rarer and rarer, but Knox provides us with another round of perfection.

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