It’s not often wordsmiths such as Mason Jennings come around, but when they do it is very easy to pick up on their craft and take notice.
With Jennings’ latest album, Minnesota, the concept of life and its distant passing stages are again the emphasis like past efforts but the framework is more elevating than the darker imagery of Blood of Man.
The ideas of home, place, contentment and self are all relative to the human condition and Jennings realizes this fully in this work.
“Love is the most important thing to me, my relationship with my wife and kids,” Jennings said in a recent release. “And music has always been as important as breathing to me. I have come to realize that to have it all, I have to take the long view when it comes to integrating all these parts of my life.”
The album title represents the feeling of home in which Jennings resides and can always return. As a musician, the road is always a focal point and can be a pivotal place in relationships that can stir the mind and creative spirit.
“The album is called Minnesota because it’s a metaphor for an ever-changing landscape. More than any place I’ve ever been, things change so much here, even month-to-month. But even as things change, Minnesota is where my home is, where my center is.”
Minnesota opens with the piano-driven “Bitter Heart” which showcases the authentic idea of love and carries over to the second track “Raindrops On The Kitchen Floor” as it recreates an image of hope and the freshness of a new relationship.
“Hearts Stop Beating” acts as a change of pace tune early in the album and highlights the desires of relationships while “Clutch” focuses on preconceptions and complexities.
Closing out the nine-song work is the easy on the ear piano tune “No Relief.”
The album acts as Jennings ninth studio album and was released earlier this month through Stats and Brackets and Thirty Tigers.
Currently on tour, Jennings will make a stop in Middle Tennessee at Mercy Lounge on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in Nashville, Tenn.
For ticket information, visit www.mercylounge.com. The Pines will be opening in support and the show begins at 8 p.m.