For the Sake of the Song
Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Fri., Sept. 4, 2015
Originally from Virginia, Cooley returned to his home state to hook up with Bob Rupe of Sparklehorse and Cracker fame. Together, they buoy Kings Highway, a production that borders on Ryan Adams Americana ("Leave This Place"), yet features flashes of Sufjan Stevens-like guitar pop ("The Shangri-La"). The 28-year-old local's seventh album proves he's a substantial songsmith.