<i>Love Story</i>

Love Story

Yelawolf’s Love Story Hits All the Right Notes

Alabama Rapper Gets in Touch with His Country Roots

“Don’t be afraid to grow up, to evolve, to change,” said Yelawolf at his recent Monday-night concert at the Majestic Ventura Theater. Clearly the rapper is following his own advice; his latest album, Love Story, is an intriguing mix of clever spoken-word flow and evocative musical arrangements. (Yelawolf sings on many of the tunes, revealing a pleasing timbre.) While the 14-track record is commendable in its entirety, a few songs stand out particularly: “Have a Great Flight” is a pensive tune featuring acoustic guitar fingerpicking, somber cello cries, and a staccato snare; “Devil in My Veins,” a beautifully rendered number, explores fame and redemption; “Tennessee Love” makes great use of the slide guitar; and “Best Friend” is a powerful, religious-themed song that includes a guest rap by Yelawolf mentor Eminem. Regarding his Nashville-inspired direction, the Alabama native explained that although folks don’t think of him as a country artist, “I am from the country, and I am an artist.” Well said.

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