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Alex Z. Album name: Stories to Tell
Label: Razor & Tie
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Review written by: Alex Boisvert

Nashville resident Dave Barnes has Stories to Tell and he’s ready for people to hear them. Dave’s fourth album is a great way to follow up his recent Grammy nomination. Since the release of the first single off of the album, “Mine to Love”, there were some high expectations for the album that he definitely fulfilled. The songs are set up in a way that takes you through different elements of a relationship and essentially tells you one coherent story of the rollercoaster ride called love. They all come together beautifully, allowing you to almost paint a picture of this relationship in your head. Well done, Dave, well done.  

The album starts off with the song “White Flag”, which is definitely a good song to kick it off. As the title implies, this song has to do with surrender. He’s talking about a relationship with constant fighting and that desire to just throw in the towel to make it stop. There’s a chance that everyone who has ever been in a relationship can relate to that. Following the same general idea is “How Long”. It seems the story he is trying to tell in these two songs is one of a dysfunctional relationship. The catchy melodies cause these to also be two of the best songs on the album.

“Mine to Love” was put out as the first single off this album, which was definitely a good choice. This song has been played already on a wide variety of stations from Top 40 to country. What this means is that it can appeal to a wide range of listeners. This happens to be exactly what every artist strives for.

“Heaven Help Me” is about that overwhelming desire to make something happen with someone. The lyric that stands out the most is “nothing’s changing when nothing’s tried”. It’s basically that feeling that if you don’t do something, you’ll regret it later. “Love Will Be Enough For Us” takes a different approach. This is the first ballad of the album and it talks about the future of a relationship. It’s based on the idea of building a future together knowing that love is all you need.

“Seventeen” tells a story of a young love and what it became as time went on. Almost ironically placed is the song “Missing You”. This fits perfectly after the previous track. This song is basically about losing the future that you thought was in the cards for you and the person you loved. When a relationship ends, there is always that desire to know what could’ve been and this track captures that feeling perfectly.  

“Find Your Way Home” is an encouraging song for all of those who have lost their way. It’s just a reassurance that everything will be okay and they’ll find their way back to where they need to be.

The title song off of the album, “Stories to Tell”, is about building a life with someone and making stories together that you’ll be able to tell in the future. This is almost guaranteed when a couple gets married, which is the type of relationship that can be envisioned with this song.

“Warm Heart in a Cold World” is just a story about the hope that is provided when you fall in love. That feeling of warmth you have even though the world may be cold. “One of Us” ties all of these songs together. This is a song about bringing a child into the world. The whole album has been about both the good and the bad of building a relationship and bringing a child into the world is the most beautiful thing that a couple can do.

The stories Dave Barnes has to tell all flow together into one great story of love and triumph. It captures all the ups and downs that come with a relationship and it’s an album everyone who has ever been in love can relate to. This is an album that is definitely worth listening to, so if you see it on the shelves, I definitely suggest picking up a copy.

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