There’s healing power in the dulcet harmonies of husband-wife Americana duo the Union Revival (Aaron and Amanda Konzelman). Over a decade into their personal and professional partnership, the release of the Texas singer-songwriters’ new album Acoustic Sessions (Live at Asterisk Studios) displays all the tenderness and passion their fans have come to expect from these seasoned professionals.
On the thirteen-song set, the Konzelmans utilize introspective lyrics and infectious melodies to tackle an array of topics ranging from heartbreak and intimacy to sin and salvation. Acoustic Sessions is a recording that somehow manages to feel both familiar and bold, blending folk, country and pop into the perfect soundtrack for late evenings/early mornings.
Highlights include “Born With a Broken Heart”, “The River”, and “Never Go Home”, but my personal favorite is “Lover of Mine,” a gorgeous ballad about two people reconnecting amidst the weariness of the problems that weigh on their minds. In a world that often exalts in youth, this a decidedly mature song that speaks to the power of sharing a common history and cherished confidences.