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William Ryan Key – “Thirteen” (The Lone Tree Recordings)

It has been a year since we all collectively (and tearfully, at least for myself) said goodbye to pop-punk powerhouse Yellowcard, and while the wound might still be fresh for some, singer William Ryan Key’s debut solo EP Thirteen should serve as a therapeutic way to cope with any and all lingering aches and pains. It’s simply best to consider this five song set a necessary catharsis for Key, and for all of us for that matter.
On Thirteen, Key plucks at your heartstrings as delicately as he plucks the strings of his acoustic guitar, going right for the emotional jugular on opener “Old Friends,” a nearly four minute plead for forgiveness of past sins (‘And all those birthdays when I just forgot to call, I’m sitting here on a mountain of guilt that I finally started chipping away, here hoping you can try to absolve all the years that I was playing the game, I think I’m turning homeward again and I’m praying you will open the gate, will you let me in? Will you let me stay?’ Key implores…

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