Logan Metz has a certain groove to his music, the kind of tone and energy that most artists rarely find even late into their careers. His latest album, “The Last Remaining Payphone in LA,” kicks off with a dance number entitled “Interesting People,” a song that I have been humming for the past few days.
Metz makes his brand of jazz as lyrical as it can be, but shines best on country tunes like “The Last Remaining Payphone in L.A.” The song is so smooth, with slight twangs of Willie Nelson leaking from Metz’s growled, cozy voice. “I Must Be Found” is another great track; an emotional riff that discusses the feeling of being alone in a lonely world. The last half of the song escalates to Met’s highest point of soul train territory, sweeping listeners in with horns, guitar, and gently-whispered organ (a whiter shade of Al Green).
The Last Remaining Payphone in L.A. is an album that reminds me of Billy Joel’s 52 Street, mostly due to the way that each of its songs fall into each other seamlessly (regardless of genre or concept). Jazz, folk, and Chicago-bred blues are all handled terrifically here, and it makes sense since Metz has opened for the likes of Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and Kris Kristofferson.
Metz is his own artist filled with crisp, emotive expression. He sings with his entire being on this debut album, rarely faltering from his singer-songwriter roots.