Bleu Edmondson

Bleu Edmondson
Bleu Edmondson

With The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be, Bleu Edmondson’s long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s critically acclaimed Lost Boy, the southern-fried country rocker embarked on a search for truth, stripping back layers of regret, loss, and longing to uncover a renewed, albeit somewhat painfully soul-baring, view of himself and the world around him.  He dug deeper into what the music meant to him as a musician, a writer and a man. “Writing is like holding up a mirror to those darkest corners of our lives that we keep hidden,” confides the raspy-throated singer.  “It’s not always a pretty reflection, but it’s real and it matters.”  The collection of songs ministers to the saint and the sinner in each of us. It is an amalgamation of those touch points and influences that give us permission to question, confront and raise a little hell on Saturday night.

For the disc’s debut single, “No Room for Mercy,” the soulful singer/songwriter paints a vivid picture of the painful unraveling of a relationship, with a south Texas thunderstorm as a symbolic backdrop.  The raw wounds of deception, anger and disappointment are ripped wide open as the betrayed singer tells his lover that there is a price for what she has done and “you won’t lie to me anymore.”  Unlike some of his songwriting peers in other genres, Bleu chooses not to resolve the situation – or to explain in detail the circumstances involved – opting instead to allow the listener room to weave their own experiences into the song’s storyline. 

Edmondson’s lyrics convey a worldly perspective of one who has lived a life balanced on the edge – of success and failure, love and hate, elation and despair – with his trademark grit and unselfconscious vulnerability intact.   There is no sugar-coating in his songs; he simply calls it like he sees it. 

His men are flawed, with the brooding darkness of someone who has loved, lied and lost but for reason untold, repeats his mistakes time and again; and they are also vulnerable, with a desolate loneliness of someone who has been loved, been lied to and been left behind.   Sometimes they are scared little boys, strangers to themselves and mysteries to those around them.  But at the end of the day, they love a good party.

The women in Edmondson’s songs are innocent in one moment, insincere in the next, and unable to love the man who is willing to give them his heart.  They dance, they cry, they lose faith, they scream, and they love and hate interchangeably.  They are omnipresent, sometimes appearing as a barefoot angel sent to save the lost souls living life on the outside, or other times as a past-her-prime party girl who still has the boys fighting for her attention – and anything else she might surrender.

The couples he writes of lose their minds, quench each other’s thirsts, lie and fail to keep their promises; they fear, they take chances and through it all they love, with an urgent intensity that speaks to the desperation in their lives.

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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 478

Bleu Edmondson  01/14/2008            
Ordered this album off of iTunes and have not been disappointed. A little bit rock, a little bit country. Whatever it is, it is freaking awesome.
Bleu Edmondson  01/04/2008            
Folks say this record isnt Bleu, that he should go back to his old style that his "Lost Boy" record is to rock. well they said the same thing about Dylan in the 60s when he went eletric, Bleu is what ever bleu plays. Great record bro!! People dont fence your artis in!!
Bleu Edmondson  12/28/2007            
I like Bleu Don't get me wrong but it is not typical Bleu! It is really Rock! I like Bleu Acoustic. His old stuff Is Bleu!
Bleu Edmondson  12/25/2007            
Rock N Roll Historian
To call this album "emo" is a perfect illustration of the stereotypes that people put on people who listen to country music/are from Texas/ listen to Texas Country: that they are loud-mouths who don't know as much as they should to form an opinion. Bleu stepped out of the box for this one, and as for being "Texas Country" it is just as much that as Aaron Watson or Randy Rogers. Why? Because this "scene" was founded on ideals of artistic individuality and integrity, not fitting into a specific mold. All in all, this album rocks hard, long, and good.
Bleu Edmondson  12/20/2007            
Bleu Edmondson is the absolute S*IT!!! I love all of his music and can't get enough of him. Keep up the good work!
Bleu Edmondson  12/20/2007            
There's 2 piano intros douchebag. 2. Just 2. Quit tryin to hate and look cool. Listen to the whole thing. It'll change ya! Rock n roll! Nice job Bleu!
Bleu Edmondson  12/19/2007            
are you serious?
whats with the gay piano introductions that last forever? i am really surprised there is that many people who actually like this crappy cd. sorry bleu not this time son.
Bleu Edmondson  12/18/2007            
Every song is great! You never have to skip a song on the CD. Well done bleu.
Bleu Edmondson  12/11/2007            
lost boy is amazing...its not emo...yes it has emotion...but its far from emo. every song has something to say and i cannot for the life of me stop listening to it. last call, the echo, and last last time are amazing...and his version of resurrection is ten times better than bowens. great.
Bleu Edmondson  11/30/2007            
This one is hard to take out of the CD player. Everytime I listen to it, it gets better. Hurry up with the next one Bleu
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