First Album Fridays: Jeremy Renner – The Medicine

American actor and now singer Jeremy Renner has released his first album entitled The Medicine. The overall themes are contemplation, self-reflection and relationships. 

The music is Rock, with some Country. The musical style reminds me of the works of Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, and the late Tom Petty. 

The songs The Medicine, Ghost and Roses, and Never Sorry have a sound similar to Ozzy Osbourne’s hits Ordinary Man and Mama I’m Coming Home.  Every Woman has sounds similar to Tom Petty’s music. Those are a couple of examples. The beats are incredible, with the presence of the guitar and the piano, primarily. The compositions have an impressive mix of classic rock and contemporary sounds. The music of each song is complementary to a specific mood. 

Jeremy Renner’s voice is silvery with an incredible edge to it. It’s rhythmic and full of depth. In one song, he sings softly and in another, he sings with intensity and passion. Jeremy Renner did an impressive job of adapting to the musical style of each song. When he performs the tune, Never Sorry reminds me of Ozzy Osbourne’s singing style. Renner sings the songs Every Woman like Tom Petty. The song Best Part of Me has me thinking of Aerosmith’s classic hit Crazy, as well as Bon Jovi’s Bed of Roses.  When I heard Jeremy Renner’s song The Medicine, I could listen to a musical resemblance to Ozzy Osbourne’s single Ordinary Man. The song Ghost and Roses is an example in which Jeremy Renner’s singing style parallels to that of the late Johnny Cash. He sings with an attitude and confidence remarkably- Jeremy Renner has a fantastic range of vocal styles throughout the album.

The lyrics are expressive and full of zest. Some of the songs describe in detail the complexity of relationships (emotionally and mentally), from confusion to joy. The words of each song are intricate and fresh, with a very well-written arrangement. There are great metaphors and imagery. The song Ghost and Roses is an example of self-reflection and soul-searching. The tune Every Woman is a metaphor for women to be confident. December Days deals with heartbreak, a relatable subject, with grace. 

My favourite songs are Every Woman, Ghost and Roses, and Best Part of Me.

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