Yelawolf’s Love Story Hits All the Right Notes

Alabama Rapper Gets in Touch with His Country Roots

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“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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