Yep Roc Records
Eli Paperboy Reed My Way Home
Featuring "Cut Ya Down," "Hold Out" and "My Way Home"
Album download included, offer subject to expiration
"Pop charts and singing contest game shows are rife with artists claiming to be throwbacks to a bygone era, but Reed is the real deal, and he doesn't need Christina Aguilera to tell him so." — PopMatters, June 2016
Eli Paperboy Reed has returned to the studio and crafted a new album that is at once back-to-basics and startlingly current. The fifth full-length from the R&B/soul singer was recorded over four days and features influences of more gospel and blues than his previous album.
Album opener "Hold Out" kicks things off at full-volume, embodying the classic gospel ethos that everything's going to work out fine if you just keep the faith. It's a notion that turns up throughout the record, from the title track "My Way Home" to "Tomorrow's Not Promised" to "Movin'," and it reflects Reed's resilient spirit in the face of disappointment.
Elsewhere on the album, he nods to the music's church roots, singing of fear of the devil on "The Strangest Thing" and damnation on "Cut Ya Down" (the only non-original on the record and a song he learned performing with Boston's Silver Leaf Gospel Singers, founded in 1945). "What Have We Done" is something of a secular hymn for the environment, and "I'd Rather Be Alone" serves as a meditation on following your own path to salvation.
My Way Home represents a return to the sonic character that Reed's career began with, but it does more than that: It captures the essence of his sound.
|Your Sins Will Find You Out|
|Cut Ya Down|
|Tomorrow's Not Promised|
|My Way Home|
|Eyes On You|
|The Strangest Thing|
|I'd Rather Be Alone|
|A Few More Days|
|What Have We Done|