Over ten years is a long time between albums.
Orlando, Florida-based singer songwriter Terri Binion has just released The Day After The Night Before and there is a wealth of inspiration and heartache in this powerful collection of eleven songs.
The Day After The Night Before follows the tragic loss of her partner, along with both parents, and an aftermath that included a long and unsuccessful bid for same sex marriage recognition. In 2011 Terri Binion's wife was killed in a fork lift accident on a Cirque du Soleil set in Florida. As Binion and her partner were married in California, she could not obtain any legal recourse in Florida, which did not recognize same sex marriage at the time.
This immensely personal group of songs has an intensity and honesty that is hard to neglect. It is not just raw emotion on display here though. The fine songwriting is beautifully detailed and captivating arrangements permeate the album. And it is not bitter and depressing, there is hope and a sense of looking forward.
'Long Way Back', the album's opening track, is a perfect example:
"When I go swimming
In that deep green sea
I think of all the many waves
In which one could easily slip away
But I always return
To that shining shoreline
Because that long cold descent
Is simply no way to die"
'Burden Song', the second single from The Day After The Night Before is a sweeping, alt. country epic, amongst the finest songs I have listened to for a while. Over six minutes with emotional resonance and blistering playing which takes you on a hell of a ride.
Other highlights are 'Tiny Little Land Mines', 'Walking In Circles' and 'Orphan Boys' (the latter with a seamless segue to Neil Young's 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart'. It's no surprise that Terri Binion has got a few classy music admirers - Lucinda Williams, who sang on Binion’s 2004 release Fool, Jim White and legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb.
The Day After The Night Before is one album you want to pay attention to the lyrics, where Binion displays many insights about the human race. It is a classy outing and let us hope we do not have to wait another decade for her next effort. Captivating!
The Day After The Night Before - Track List1) Long Way Back 2) Tiny Little Land Mines 3) Tecopa California 4) Walking In Circles 5) Grace In Mid City 6) These Days 7) Orphan Boy 8) Green Velvet Coat 9) Call Me 10) Burden Song
11) My Satellite