What makes a certain song work? Certainly it’s more than just the coming together of the chords, instruments and vocals. It has to involve something which we call the ‘truth.’ Hearing “I’m Not Ready” for the first time by Joey Smokes, you get that feeling right away that everything about this track works. From the slow guitar intro up to the pounding chorus, this rock ballad takes you back to the days when music was played in a raw and honest way.
The visceral lines “I am not ready to go” feels like a pendulum swinging until it reaches the point where the emotions tip the balance and everything is pure release.