Review of Royal Wood – The Burning Bright (MapleMusic Recordings)

Royal WoodOne of Canada’s finest singer-songwriters, Royal Wood has remained, in my opinion, largely unappreciated here at home. It is especially baffling given the strength of his occasionally lush, refined pop songwriting. In the time since his last record (2012’s upbeat We Were Born To Glory), the singer has gone through a divorce but surprisingly, The Burning Bright does not wallow in self-pity. It is hard not to read into the lyrics of songs like White Flag, I Wish You Well and I Always Will as having been drawn from his real-life experiences of the last two years. But with that also comes acceptance and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.