As you may have guessed from the album’s title, Songs My Friends Wrote, Corb Lund has compiled and covered 10 songs written by friends and fellow country/folk singers to create this special, obscure, country storytelling masterpiece. What better way to pay homage to your friends than recording an album filled with their songs? Each song on this album tells a unique story, and although each is within the country and folk realm, they all have a wonderfully unique character. The second song of the album, “That’s What Keeps the Rent Down, Baby” written by Geoff Burner, is a tongue-in-cheek song that offers commentary on the relationship between urban crime and rental prices. The fifth song of the album, “Pasa-Get-Down-Dena” written by John Evans, is best described as swing rock. The instrumentals paired with the lyrics will definitely make you want to get up and dance. Along with the fast-paced country/folk songs this album offers, it also contains a couple ballads that allow you to sit and appreciate the lyrics and soothing sounds of the background instruments. All in all, Lund performs each song perfectly, and I couldn’t help but wonder how the next song would draw me in.

-Olivia Bosma