Isbell writes and sings with a tactic that boasts an incredible relatability and modestness. His songs simply feel extraordinarily human. His words are able to encompass the very basis of all emotions and just make you feel something. It is a beautiful thing.
Where Southeastern was heavy, heavy in grief and soaked in dark emotion for the most part, Something More Than Free feels lighter with its arrangements while maintaining the depth in songwriting that the songwriter has become known for. The palette he paints his stories with simply contains a few more pastels than deep blues, violets, and dark grays this time around. There are still a few dwelling on the past moments here, so don’t worry if that's your thing, but this is a man who has come to grips with his demons and is looking forward at life, and man, he can still pen a song like no other about it. ND