I found it best to enjoy Hotel Books’ latest album, Run Wild, Young Beauty with eyes closed and the volume up, my attention squarely set on its message; it is valuable, and it’s packaged in an album worth your time.
Beautiful,soothing music with crisp,spoken-word vocals make the storyline clear, also inviting the listener into the album as a guest. Easily relatable yet equally raw in a listener, Being As An Ocean, Touché Amore way, Run Wild, Young Beauty is a verbal behemoth, paced by delicate guitars and quiet drums that plow steadily forward as vocalist Cam Smith speaks and screams his way into your mind.
There’s a genuine intention to share the love of God with the masses, yet the narrative is delivered in a human way, addressing common issues, like getting caught up in a pursuit of a material lifestyle. He writes of frustration, fear, letting go of control, letting go of someone you love, finding the thankfulness to have been a part of that journey, realizing change begins with us.
There’s no holding back —it’s a very open and vulnerable album. Some vocal lines end with Smith in teary breath, and his authenticity made this album more special to me. You can feel the passion in his voice as he screams out his most intense demons on each song.
The powerful music is the supporting cast needed to emphasize Smith’s phrasing. The best thing about music is its ability to make you feel and to make you think of things you normally don’t or wouldn’t. Smith has a poetic way of expressing himself, using illustrations and metaphors, tying everything back to God, because He was there through the painful journey, just as it should be. And the music surrounding his message has a unique ability to elicit emotion from the listener, as well.
An album as honest as it is inspiring, Run Wild, Young Beauty will challenge you to open your heart and give you a lesson in excellent poetic language. Allow it to make you feel something wonderful.