Rag'n'Bone Man
21. March 2018 By Walter Price 0

Legit Sounds Two: Rag’n’Bone Man – “Die Easy” (single)

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by Walter Price

 

In part two of my series, Legit Sounds (you can read the origins here), I’ll share a beautifully haunting track from Rag’n’Bone Man. The track is “Die Easy” from his debut album ‘Human’.

Rag’n’Bone Man (Rory Graham) hit the UK airwaves and top of the charts with his chilling soulful debut ‘Human’ in 2016. Blending soul, blues, R&B, and gospel. Every once in a while soundtracked by modern beats bringing those before mentioned genres into the modern world. Which isn’t particularly a new thing, but Graham has that rare je
ne sais quoi, an undeniable tactile authenticity.

And a stunning example of how Graham has paid tribute to sounds that came before him and a genre more familiar with Southern black churches is his single “Die Easy”. This track isn’t your mimicry blue-eyed-soul that pops up on the radio and indie circuits. This is a song that is instantly recognized as a painfully honest gut-wrenching look back at a life lived and making peace for what has been done. Not a life to be mourned.

When it comes to bury me
Put a fifth of rum in my hand
Might as well come and take my soul
‘Cause I can’t take it to the promised land

Well, well, well
So I can die easy
Well, well, well
So I can die easy
The devil’s gonna make up my dying bed

Meet me, brother, meet me
For I have so much to say
He might as well come and take my soul
‘Cause I won’t need it on my dying day

“Die Easy”, a haunt of personal peace, is a take on the gospel staple, “In My Time of Dying”, and it’s no easy task to take on such a historical and deep-rooted song and getting it out to the world without being labeled a hipster hack. Not a worry here. Graham understands the origins and has utilized his own experiences and convictions and the result will tantalize your spiritual self.

 

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