Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Sam Morrow earned comparisons to the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle in the wake of 2014’s haunting “Ephemeral” debut album. For sophomore slab “There Is No Map,” Morrow shifted gears a bit. The songs aren’t as stark, but they remain every bit as powerful.
“(Producer) Eric Corne and I have had a vision, since the finishing of our last record, for this one to be more daring,” says Morrow, who credits his growth as a writer to getting sober in recent years. “The last album dwelled on the darkness of growing up and running from reality, so I wanted this record to highlight those real adventures I had and still have going forward.”
With an extremely talented cast of supporting musicians surrounding him, Morrow is a revelation on the 10-track, 37-minute set. He sets the tone for what’s to come with the opening salvo “Barely Holding On” and “The Deaf Conductor,” and later shines bright on “Girls,” “Train Robber,” “Hurts Like Hell,” “Devil’s in the Details” and the set-closing title track. I can’t wait to hear more from this talented young artist. (Jeffrey Sisk)