Undoubtedly talented, Yellen is yet to grow into himself – but give him time.
Yellen does have some tricks up the sleeve, though. The dark murmur of Cherry Blossoms that coalesces into a cathartic release is stirring, whilst the hushed warmth of Wanted You In August is the kind of rousing understated glory that Elbow's Guy Garvey writes in his sleep. And oh man, that voice. Yellen cries and wavers with a sonorous timbre that breaks through the ceiling and melts the iciest of souls.
But at the end of the day, Country Sleep never stops feeling contrived. Tracks like Lost Springs are indebted to a lifetime of hardship and heartbreak, yet it never feels truly real, more a construct, a “imagine what it would be like if…” scenario. Undoubtedly talented, Yellen is yet to grow into himself – but give him time.