Ray Younkin uses his talent to tell stories, and wonderful stories they are. The 2005 offering, “TAKE ME SLOW,” is a twelve-cut treasure of soothing guitar, stunning vocals, perfect lyrics, and grand imagination. The fully orchestrated tracks are absolutely masterful. This is Younkin’s best work. The production, arrangements, and delivery of this album are award-worthy at every turn. Younkin uses familiar sounds with innovative rhythms and creates one of the most comfortable album’s I’ve ever heard. Every second of the album is an embrace, a kind touch, a hand-holding not to be missed. Every Shake Russell fan will marvel at Younkin’s voice. Dylan fans will remark of Younkin’s lyrics. Tommy Elskes fans will enjoy Younkin’s delivery. Balladeer fans rejoice, Ray Younkin is one of the best ever. Younkin also collected his tributes and songs of life, love, and loss into a fine debut offering, “1000 YEARS.” A worthy first project, Younkin’s vocals are soothing and comfortable as he tells of life through the eyes of an observant poet. Songs to fallen friends are not always the best subject matter, but Younkin finds just the right words in “Deliberate Tears.” The speculation and yearning of a youngster’s point of view shines through on the melodious “The Day That Matthew Cries,” and a true anthem is born in Younkin’s “Coffeehouse Anthem” stating the facts about being cognizant of one’s inner dreams and doubting their attainability. This CD is excellent listening, and while a mere recording can’t capture the emotion which flows from Ray Younkin during a live performance, it does come close. Don’t expect traditional folk music on this CD, yet relax and prepare yourself for a lyric-based passive journey through life, hitting the highs and lows alike. You’ll be pleased listening to Younkin’s songs, and you, too, could be the next Ray Younkin fan. Get the discs today!
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