On January 1, brothers TJ and John Osborne released their debut studio album, Pawn Shop. While country is not my number one choice of musical genre, this unique musical duo, Brothers Osborne, strays from the stereotypical country sound by incorporating layers of rock and folk in addition to country. The result? Well, let’s just say there’s a lot more to country than tractors and heartbreak. Pawn Shop is chock full of a range of songs dealing with classic themes such as love while also addressing acceptance and appreciation for what life has to offer.
The album’s opener, “Dirt Rich,” is a play on the term, “dirt poor.” This is an upbeat, catchy tune in which the brothers advise us that “if you’re broke, don’t fix it; learn to live with it.” Sometimes life will throw us challenges. If something is out of your control, the Osbornes tell us that sometimes the right perspective is to simply go with the flow and work with what you already have.
Back in 2015, the brothers released a single called “Stay A Little Longer,” which is the third song on their full album. “Stay a Little Longer” is a song I cannot stop listening to—it is, in my opinion, the most noteworthy song on the album. It targets the essence of a new and developing romantic relationship by describing how, when two people share a special moment, they keep replaying it in their heads because they want the other person to come back and “stay a little longer.”
Someone may deny his or her feelings for the other person, as the brothers tell us, but there is no denying that he or she cannot get enough. They sing, “I tell myself I’m not in love, but one more time is not enough.”
Towards the end of the song, we hear the epic guitar solo that captures the feelings one can bottle up and try to hide but will always find a way to be revealed. It may seem cheesy, but it is very real and very relatable at the same time, which is exactly what makes “Stay A Little Longer” such a standout. This song says what most people think in this situation but are too afraid to say in words. In the end, this is why music is the perfect medium of expression.
The rest of Pawn Shop reflects the carefree but careful attitude of Brothers Osborne. In the title song, “Pawn Shop,” the brothers highlight that one can always make something good out of something bad as seen in the lyrics, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” In the track, “American Crazy,” the brothers address that, amidst the divided nation that is America, essentially we are all connected because we are all American. We should be proud and grateful for the life we live.
Pawn Shop will boost your mood with its upbeat, captivating tunes that provide positive messages. It will resonate with you long after you have listened to the album, or even after you have listening to just one song from the album. The album is a solid effort for both its musicality and its recognition of the obvious things in life that people never really talk about.