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Speak Low If You Love breathes new life into his debut album

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By CAROL SIMPSON
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
CSIMP1@UNH.NEWHAVEN.EDU

Ryan Scott Graham’s acoustic endeavor under the moniker Speak Low If You Love produces captivating songs with deep lyrics. Graham’s remastered release of his debut album Everything But What You Need is a 14 track soothing ride with captivating lyrics that tug on your heartstrings.

Ryan Scott Graham, under the name Speak Low If You Love, debuts his first album  (Photo obtained via Facebook)

Ryan Scott Graham, under the name Speak Low If You Love, debuts his first album
(Photo obtained via Facebook)

The first track, “Art School,” gradually fades in like the lighting at the beginning of a play. It’s a great opener for the album. A strong introductory piece that reflects what is to come

“Knots” is only the second track, but it displays his strong lyricism. “I purposely chase the hearts I know I’ll never win” is just an example of the many strong lyrics that can resonate with all listeners.

“A List of Things” is my personal favorite on the album. It has soothing background vocals that have been edited to sound almost like a voice in the wind.

“Ruined” is the first track that finally brings in some variety by starting with a strong drum beat. Graham’s vocals are essentially the same in each track, but it was nice for the album to finally take a turn.

“Confusion” slows everything down. “I’m stuck in this body that doesn’t know what it wants or what it needs or who it loves” is by far the best lyric out of all songs. This track screams sad punk as opposed to smooth acoustic singer/songwriter. This song is exactly what the album needed. “Not Enough To Say No” brings back the sad punk vibes several tracks later, but this time with stronger guitar in the intro.

While Graham does not have the strongest vocals, he displays great musicianship and passion through his songs. If you’re a fan of This Wild Life, Koji or The Scene Aesthetic you will love Speak Low If You Speak Love. This album is everything that you need to welcome the warm weather back.

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Speak Low If You Love breathes new life into his debut album