October 31, 2006
Some of the songs are laid-back and easy going, some of the songs are much richer in sound and have a lot more drive and sometimes the songs just speak for themselves. “Troubled Times” is a very complete album. Production-wise it seems they didn’t do too much and basically just let the songs be and let them have their own characteristics. That approach actually really works for this album.
There are several little gems hidden on this album. So Lonely and Mainstay are some of the best written pop songs I heard this year. And the sentiment on the closer Losing You is pure musicality.
While “Troubled Times” marks only the beginning of AM’s career I believe that it is a strong beginning that may lead to what may be a relatively select audience but an audience that really knows their music. Because this is real music and real talent. Especially if you take the time to really listen to what these songs have to offer.