12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With Watching Time Run Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Steve Moakler dodges any semblance of a sophomore slump by opening strong on “Waiting,” a triumphantly uplifting song that flirts with Britpop’s shimmering guitars and anthemic choruses. Moakler’s breathy voice recalls a young Josh Rouse at times, especially in the verses of the following tune “Today” where he sings a matured sentiment over more roots-y instruments like banjo and piano. A grinding old Hammond B-3 organ is added in on “Best Thing,” a track where those old classic tones are nicely contrasted with an infectiously danceable beat. Fans of this tune’s noticeable groove are sure to also like “Can’t Stop Thinking About You” — a bouncy ditty that recalls some of Paul Simon’s groovier solo moments in the early ‘70s. “Why We Said Goodbye” is a standout cut wherein Moakler nicely contrasts lonely lyrics with spirited, elevating melodies. He toes the Nashville line on “Play You Down,” a catchy and twangy song that could easily crossover onto the Country charts.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With Watching Time Run Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Steve Moakler dodges any semblance of a sophomore slump by opening strong on “Waiting,” a triumphantly uplifting song that flirts with Britpop’s shimmering guitars and anthemic choruses. Moakler’s breathy voice recalls a young Josh Rouse at times, especially in the verses of the following tune “Today” where he sings a matured sentiment over more roots-y instruments like banjo and piano. A grinding old Hammond B-3 organ is added in on “Best Thing,” a track where those old classic tones are nicely contrasted with an infectiously danceable beat. Fans of this tune’s noticeable groove are sure to also like “Can’t Stop Thinking About You” — a bouncy ditty that recalls some of Paul Simon’s groovier solo moments in the early ‘70s. “Why We Said Goodbye” is a standout cut wherein Moakler nicely contrasts lonely lyrics with spirited, elevating melodies. He toes the Nashville line on “Play You Down,” a catchy and twangy song that could easily crossover onto the Country charts.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5

425 Ratings

425 Ratings

Real music, real talent

Beerdog11

This is awesome! Great music from one of the most talented musicians I've ever heard.

Game Over

Blake Stratton

He just keeps getting better. Pop songwriting at its finest.

Stellar album

kcklein

I've been anxiously awaiting Steve Moakler's new album ever since I discovered "All the Faint Lights" a year ago...and let me tell you, he did not disappoint with "Watching Time Run" (I may or may not have listened to the album in its entirety 6 or 7 times in a row last night during a monster study session).

Great album, I love some of the subtle nuances Steve's added to his sound and the lyrics are brilliant as always. If I had to pick a favorite, I would name track 2: Today. But let's be honest, picking a favorite on this album is a bit like trying to pick a favorite vital organ--on their own they're cool but together they are life-giving.

About Steve Moakler

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native Steve Moakler, a thoughtful, country-tinged songwriter and singer, moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2006, honing his craft in a town where the best of the best go to do the same thing. Thoughtful and prolific, Moakler, after a series of odd jobs and countless local performances, placed songs with several artists, including Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Ben Rector, Matt Wertz, and Kellie Pickler, and released three independent albums, including 2011's Watching Time Run, which Moakler funded through a Kickstarter campaign. He took part in the "Three Amigos" tour with two other up-and-coming Nashville-based songwriters and singers, Ben Rector and Andrew Ripp, and placed performances of his songs in the film October Baby and with various television shows for MTV, Fox, and ABC. His third studio LP, Wide Open, peaked at number four on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and in 2015, he released Steve Moakler: The Mix Tape and co-wrote Dierks Bentley's hit single "Riser." Steve Moakler: The EP, which featured the single "Steel Town," arrived the following year. The full-length Steel Town, an homage to Moakler's blue-collar upbringing in Pennsylvania, followed in 2017. ~ Steve Leggett

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