‘Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea’ is the 7th solo album from the poetic folk singer/songwriter Michael Rosenberg. The artist stepped into limelight in 2014 with his song ‘Let It Go’, which earned him an Ivor Novello Award and Brit nomination. Passenger is also known for his long time friendship with singer\songwriter pal Ed Sheeran. Supporting Sheeran on a number of tours and even playing with him at the sold out Wembley Arena last year.
His voice is instantly recognisable as are his soft purring emotionally charged lyrics and storytelling ability.
The content is still full of his serenading acoustics but it seems since turning 32, Rosenberg has matured and grown while still maintaining his ability for painting picturesque images that show his unique eye for observations of life that leave the listener emotionally attached.
His ability to make you feel and understand is outstanding. ‘When We Were Young’ is about young friendships. There’s a sense of nostalgia throughout with lyrics ‘looking back to the best of days/ Collecting our yesterdays.‘ There’s a feeling of knowing that some of the best times of your life are behind you as well as all the dreams of adolescence and the naiveties of youth and that it’s now time to move on.
‘Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea’ demonstrate his fast finger picking guitar style and is again matched with image creating lyrics of far away lands and lists of locations and wishes. His content might be maturing but he hasn’t lost any of his ability to incite Wanderlust.
For the first time on an album, he has a guest joining him on the song ‘Beautiful Birds’ (feat. Birdy.) Their voices are well matched with naturally soft emotion, which for a song with such a happy chirpy beginning, can become a heartfelt and creative piece of art. Like a relationship, this song starts off with beauty and best intentions but grows up and apart ‘To build a nest we pecked feathers from our chests, like a book tearing out every page/ we weren’t to know that these feathers would grow, in to a beautiful cage.’
There is a sense of maturing, of moving to fast and the longing to settle down that’s felt throughout this album. His story of a man who has spent his life travelling in ‘The Long Road’ has as notion of regret for living a full life full of adventure but not stopping to take in the life around him.
For Passenger fans this is a must. It has everything you would expect from an artist of his calibre and more. In the normal Passenger style, the deluxe version comes with 5 acoustic versions of songs from the album. Passenger might be maturing but he is far from going stale.
‘Young As The Morning Old As The Sea’ out now via Black Crow Records
This Passenger article is by Owen Jenkins, a GIGsoup contributor. Photo by bryan dos reis