Album Review: Somewhere You'd Rather Be

Tea Time with the Mad Artist. 6.7.2014

"This review has been a long time coming. Earlier this year, I went to Cody J. Martin’s album release having never heard any of his music. I originally went because The Ohio Weather Band was playing, but I immediately became captivated by Cody’s vivid storytelling and emotive voice. Ever since then, I’ve tried to get out to more of his shows because he’s just great live.

Cody J. Martin is a 20-something-year-old, singer/songwriter out of Massillon, OH and this is his debut album. I had the pleasure of first meeting him the week before his album release and he’s incredibly nice.

“Somewhere You’d Rather Be” has been one of my go-to albums for the last several months. Its 12-tracks flow right into one another giving the listener a sense of a story being played out before them. As I’ve said in previous posts, Cody has a real knack for creating beautifully woven imagery that leaves you feeling something.

There’s a mix of fast and slow songs, but they all feel overwhelmingly melancholy. Reminiscent of the old blues albums, this is not one that you would listen to if you needed a pick-me-up. He touches on a range of topics including, but not limited to; love, loss, and pain. In a way, he tells listeners that the path through life is a rocky mess and sometimes there are more downs than ups...."