On the first track of The Detour Home, Scott Merritt sings "you can't stop a good thing." Hopefully it's true, as Merritt deserves all the success he can gather. After releasing four albums to relative obscurity over a decade ago, he's returned with an album brimming with originality and talent. He pays tribute to conventional song structure but is in no way restrained by it, giving each song its own unique sensibility. Incredibly cohesive, upbeat without being sappy, and far more textured than your average singer-songwriter fare, The Detour Home is an album deserving of an audience. Hopefully this time it will find one.
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