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Most alt-country artists (Jeff Tweedy, Ryan Adams, Rhett Miller, etc.) usually drop a few good twangy albums before taking off their boots to walk over the Americana stepping stone towards other singer-songwriter sounding pastures. Robert Francis makes the leap on his impressive sophomore album, Before Nightfall. He punctuates this overt stylistic morphing on the title track from 2007’s One By One which appears here sounding much different, now void of any country tinges and echoing hints of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” with the darkened piano parts and that lone drumstick keeping time on the snare’s rim. The only vestige of twang appears on the pensive ballad “Climb a Mountain” where Francis’ family friend Ry Cooder lends some of his gauzy slide-guitar. The rest of Before Nightfall plays like a post-adulterous cigarette; the opening “Darkness” and the lovelorn “Junebug” are shadowy and satiating, especially the latter with its memorable falsettos and the more passionate moments in the former where Francis’ voice breaks like a young Bono.

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listen to this

while you're rinding the subway or the bus. This is the soundtrack to keep out the unworthy noise.

The Man

Ever since seeing Robert Francis on Carson Daly's show where he featured him & his story, I have been hooked. Mr. Francis is a great songwriter and a great musician, if you like good music he is for you. Bottom line.

June Bug

This song is, what I would call, a summer song-riding with the windows opened-in a good mood toe tapper


Born: September 25, 1987 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Raised in Los Angeles as the youngest member of a music-filled household, indie folk singer/songwriter Robert Francis benefited from a diverse musical climate thanks to his pianist/producer father, his songwriting sister Juliette Commagere, and his Mexican mother, who sang native ranchera songs around the house. Family friend and acclaimed stringmaster Ry Cooder gave Francis his first guitar at age nine; seven years later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' John Frusciante accepted Francis as his only guitar...
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