When I first heard Newton Faulkner, I was still in school and had just bought the new Now That’s What I Call Music C-D. I remember it was summer and I played Dream Catch Me on repeat. It was, and still is, a beautiful song and filled me with this brimming sense of hope. Listening to it, I felt that I could do anything.
Fast forward eight years and I am playing it all over again on The Very Best of Newton Faulkner…So Far, and those feelings haven’t died down in the slightest.
Faulkner’s 7th album is a “DIY effort that bristles with invention and shimmers with success” and includes various instruments from harps, melodicas, pianos and electric and acoustic guitars. What is even more impressive than this is that Newton plays them all himself. He even produced and programmed the album too! It has an impressive 31 tracks and includes old and new songs. There are a few covers too such as IDGAF by Dua Lipa or Send Me On My Way (aka the song from Matilda) by Rusted Root.
No two songs on his album are the same which makes The Very Best of Newton Faulkner…So Far refreshing and engaging. The music, upbeat and uplifting, is perfect for the upcoming summer. I can picture myself playing it on a speaker, lying on the common, with a portable barbeque, drinking cider.
Both new and old fans will be happy with this album as it really does pick the very best of Faulkner’s work so far. There are classics such as Dream Catch Me and I Need Something as well as 3 new songs and covers – there really is something for everyone! The Very Best of Newton Faulkner…So Far is both the ultimate collection for hardcore Faulkner fans and a well-rounded introduction for new listeners.
The only criticism I can give this album is that some of the covers, in my opinion, deviate away from his style too much. They’re not bad but tracks such as IDGAF or SpongeBob Squarepants seem inorganic and don’t give me that same gut-warming feeling the rest of his music does. However, new audiences may prefer these and, despite my claims, covers such as Teardrop and Bohemian Rhapsody, still give me goosebumps.
Newton Faulker is worth the praise and hype and then some and this album is proof of that. Each song is crafted beautifully, and the playlist keep momentum and diversity until the end. It is a treat for the ears for all audiences and brims with musical talent.
I cannot wait to play it on loudspeaker, as I lay down on the common, soaking up the summer and feeling like a child again.
The album releases on March 15th and can be pre-ordered from https://www.newtonfaulkner.com/.