MARLON WILLIAMS - MAKE WAY FOR LOVE (LP)

MARLON WILLIAMS - MAKE WAY FOR LOVE (LP)

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"If “breakup record” is a trope—and certainly it is—then Marlon Williams has done it proud. Like the best of the lot—Beck’s Sea Change, Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago, Phosphorescent’s harrowing Song For Zula and Joni Mitchell’s masterpiece Blue (written perhaps not coincidentally, following her own breakup with another gifted musician) Make Way For Love doesn’t shy away from heartbreak, but rather stares it in the face, and mines beauty from it. Delicate and bold, tender and searing, it’s a mightily personal new step for the Kiwi, and ultimately, on the record’s final, title track, Williams dusts himself off and is ready to move forward. Set to a doo-wop backdrop and in language he calls 'deliberately archaic,' that superb voice sings: Here is the will/ Here is the way/ The way into love/ Oh, let the wonder of the ages/ Be revealed as love.”