Ryan Anderson – The Garden Path

Ryan Anderson
The Garden Path

Ryan Anderson is bad. The kind of bad that makes you re-evaluate your love of music. He can’t really sing all that well, his songwriting is needlessly complicated and his lyrics are TERRIBLE. However, with that being said, there’s something endearing about this guy I can’t quite put my finger on.

Anderson might be endearing because he tries so hard. He’s like a musical underdog. You want him to succeed, but he fails at every turn. Take, for example, the first song “Railroad Killer Stomp.” The first time you hear his voice is an obnoxious “5-6-7-8” count off and the chord changes are unnecessarily difficult right off the bat. However, once you get through the terrible chord structure and awkward phrasing of the verse, the chorus crashes through with its singalong vocals and kicks your ass. After that, it’s right back to the shitty verse and the line “the man that put a hole in Reagan had bad aim/but I’ve got faith in my friends.” WHAT THE FUCK DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?

This continues throughout the album. Any time Anderson does anything listenable, he immediately ruins it. It’s like in Rocky or Major League, when the underdog heroes ultimately lose in the end. They learned a lesson and came back to win in the sequels though. Hopefully Ryan Anderson does the same.