In a time where America has a dreary political climate, music has become, to many, an outlet of solace. Nothing like a good song to give you a spiritual uplift, and Justin Levinson’s Yes, Man has plenty of them. Bringing a 1960’s pop vibe with a subtle 70’s rock flare, Levinson has made an album that feels like a morning run through sunshine.
When I first heard Yes, Man, I felt like I had taken a morning run through a park. Its rhythms feel like the crisp wind that caresses your body as you run freely both to get in shape and feel alive. In some ways, Justine Levinson’s album is the equivalent of both affects. Through his lyrics, he asks for your heart to become fitter emotionally like “Colleen Compassion”, “I’ll Move Closer”, and “The Moment I Laid Eyes On You”. Each song seems dedicated to giving love a chance, and having the privileged opportunity to either give it to someone else or receive it. Such a mentality is what keeps Yes, Man feeling so light as an album and sweet in intention. You get the feeling that Levinson had no darkness or malice when he composed and wrote his songs. I know that is a strange assessment, but many artists see music as way to express their darker thoughts/ feeling or way to make a grand, social statement. Yet, there is a purity Levinson’s singing and style that shows his intentions were fun. He uses what makes him smile, music, to make you smile and it worlds. Hearing him sing with an inherent glee makes heartbreaking songs like “Scared of Losing You” and “Broken Heart Running” sound laced with the potential of positivity.