Chris Stapleton, ‘Scarecrow in the Garden’ | Track Review
Chris Stapleton returns with his second album of 2017, ‘From a Room: Volume 2.’ “Scarecrow in the Garden,” serves as the second single.
Chris Stapleton returned with a bang in 2017 with From a Room: Volume. 1. From a Room: Vol. 1 was comprised of just nine songs, but showcased the musicianship and the consistency of Stapleton. The expectation was that a second album would be released sooner than later, hence the announcement of From a Room: Volume 2 (December 1). Also comprised of just nine songs, “Scarecrow in the Garden,” serves as the second single.
Like “Millionaire” before it, Chris Stapleton checks off the boxes we’ve come to expect from his music on “Scarecrow in the Garden.” A key difference compared to the promo single is that “Scarecrow” is an original as opposed to a cover. The sound remains traditional and doesn’t blur the lines of country music like much of today’s contemporary brand of the style. The return to a bolder, less pop-oriented sound should be music to the ears of traditional fans.
As always, Stapleton sounds superb vocally, filled with nuance, spirit, and authenticity. Once more, there’s vocal harmonization between Stapleton and an uncredited female vocalist. Worth noting is the chorus:
“There’s a scarecrow in the garden / That looks like Lucifer / And I’ve been reading Revelations / With my bare feet in the river.”
Once again, Chris Stapleton delivers. “Scarecrow in the Garden” is well-rounded, even if it doesn’t wow per se. As aforementioned, the boxes are check off, and the consistency is magnificent.
Chris Stapleton • From a Room: Volume 2 • Mercury • Release: 12.1.17
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