Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers Review

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers is the self-titled debut album of Josh Hoyer, Justin G. Jones, Brian Morrow, Benjamin Kushner, Tommy Van Den Berg, Mike Dee, and Josh Bargar. The group was created in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2012, and has experienced fast success.

The album includes eight tracks, all of which have a running theme of smooth R&B. Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers opens with, appropriately enough, a track called “Shadowboxer.” The song has served as a platform for these musicians to describe how they’ve risen above the downtrodden mindset and remained positive about achieving what they want, with lines such as “be happy, stand strong, yeah that’s what’s in my mind all day long,” and “I know what happens is up to me.” The conviction with which the vocals are delivered makes the listener believe that each word is sincerely felt by the vocalist; a commendable attribute in a performer. “Close Your Eyes,” “Dirty World,” and “Illusion” seem to lyrically express the flaws this band sees in modern society in a musically suave manner.

As Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers moves towards the middle to end of its tracks, it begins to incorporate more relationship-contemplative pieces, such as “Everyday and Everynight,” “Just Call Me (I’ll Be Sure to Let You Down Again),” “Til She’s Lovin’ Someone Else,” and “Make Time For Love.” Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers is very soulful, expressive, and interesting. This album has undeniably positive, feel-good undertones with humanistic and thoughtful wording throughout each song, making it relatable and easy on the ears. This album will make a great addition to this band’s list of musical accomplishments.

The Review: 8/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Shadowboxer
– Everyday and Everynight
– Make Time For Love
– Close Your Eyes

The Big Hit

– Shadowboxer

Review by Amy Shull

Buy the album: Amazon | iTunes

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