Mason Jennings: Always Been

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Always Been
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Mason Jennings has a rare, but important gift as a songwriter: brilliant simplicity. None of the songs on Always Been are complicated, but they are perfect, folksy, toe-tappers.

The title of the album comes from the track “Patti & Robert,” which draws influence from Just Kids, Patti Smith’s memoir about her time with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe. The song is a wonderful tribute to enduring love, particularly with harmonized repetitions of “Oh baby, let go of your pain.”

“Dreaming” sounds like a song that could be a folk classic in the vein of Simon & Garfunkel. “Dreaming of the day that you’d be mine” is a catchy refrain, and this repeated line combined with some delicate strings makes for a definite earworm. Similarly, “So Good” is a beautiful depiction of love that doesn’t come across as cliché or cheesy. Personally, I love “Witness,” the most for channeling the jug band style of country. Even the lyrics seem inspired by the Bible Belt, with the familiar question of “Can I get a witness in the morning?” It’s too fun not to enjoy.

There isn’t a single miss on Always Been, and that is quite the feat. For acoustic fans of all sorts, give this one a go.

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Casey Hicks toils her daylight hours away in an office high above Manhattan in order to afford nights of passionately scribbling. The first song she remembers ever hearing is "Lola" by the Kinks. She thinks this explains a lot.
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