REVIEW- Jordan Tice new Motivational Speakeay tackles irony in Life While Honouring Heroes
Nashville roots musician and Hawktail member Jordan Tice have released his 5th studio album Motivational Speakeasy Sep 25th. Produced by the other half of The Milk Carton Kids Kenneth Pentangle. The album showcases Tice roots, thoughts and plans in the 11 track album. Meanwhile shines a light on the musician's excelling guitar and exquisite songwriting. The album kicks off with a Mississippi John Hurt vibe in “Tell Me Mama” while “Matter of Time” shares his mama’s advice. On the other hand the ironic “Walkin” finds Tice seeing the brighter side of heartbreak. One of the brilliant things on this record is the intimacy Tice sets out while inviting his listeners into his frame of mind, thoughts on life.
Similar to his previous work, Tice paves the way to salute his heroes in the following instrumentals tracks, in the sensationalistic “Ghost Story”, enchanting, “Stratford Waltz” and finally “Bachelorette Party” with the instrumental tracks, somehow narration is not needed to tell a story, instead, his guitar playing simply paves way for the listener to imagine and/or create their personal take based on the tracks. Ending the album with another musing of life “Ready to Go” The simplicity of the album along with Tice captivating storytelling can only be described in one word as breathtaking. Not to mention a much-needed album added to our pandemic playlist.