Tuesday, September 2, 2014


SINGLE: "Never Really Left"
ARTIST: Brian Collins
REVIEWER: Alyse Smith
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Brian Collins’ debut single “Never Really Left” is a mid-tempo song about hometown love, specifically love for his hometown and the one he found in his hometown. He met his girl in the small town they grew up in. He loves and misses the town, wanting them to get back for a visit before too long, but at the same time with her he’s home all the time. He can see all the little details of their life growing up there in her and in himself. It’s so ingrained in both of them that it’s like he “never really left.” As Collins is from a small town outside of Atlanta, Georgia that may be the town referenced in this song. However, the lyrics here have appeal for anyone nostalgic and far from home. The experiences listed here could be present in any town, from the downtown strolls where he and his paramour “walk down Main Street” to his arbor-scaling childhood where his “roots run deep as that old oak tree I climbed up in as a child.” Prototypical experiences that make up a primary life are what’s listed here. The truth of the matter is, we always take a little bit of home with us wherever we go, no matter what or where that home is. This song exemplifies that.

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