Following his departure from UK metalcore pioneers Asking Alexandria, Danny Worsnop's musical direction could not have been more different, with the rock 'n' roll swagger of We Are Harlot being reminiscent of hard rock's heyday. Now with his debut solo album being released on Earache Records, home to bluesy-rock bands such as Rival Sons, one of music's busiest talents shows off another side to his repertoire, with a refreshing approach to country and blues that perhaps only he could deliver.
Working with Grammy-award wining songwriters John Paul White and Hillary Lindsey, and renowned producer Jim Kaufman, The Long Road Home is a collection of finely crafted songs, covering his past dealings with drugs, alcoholism and his rehabilitation along with his other "dark demons." Written intensely in just one week and recorded live and raw in Kaufman's living room, the album is a deeply personal account of Danny's experiences. Indeed, every aspect of the release has been completely under his control, right down to directing the accompanying videos for the lead track, "I Got Bones."
The album kicks off with "Prozac," a timeless song offering the perfect introduction to the dark lyrical theme running through the album. "Anyone But Me" tells the brutally honest tale of having to let love go, not because you want to but because you have to, because you care too much about the other person to put them through what you're struggling with. It's not all doom and gloom however - "Don't Overdrink It" is a great precursor to "I Feel Like Shit," an upbeat ditty of a situation we all know too well, waking up after one hell of a night promising yourself that you'll never drink again.
"Midnight Woman" perhaps shows Danny's whisky-soaked voice at its best, a powerful rock anthem that's sure to keep all We Are Harlot fans satisfied, whilst lead track "I Got Bones" is a seductive, silky-smooth number with a hook so catch that it'll be in your head for days.