“The Broken Record” represents the next step in the evolution of Corey Smith that began with “Keeping Up with the Joneses”. Like all of us, Smith has grown; he’s matured both as a person and as an artist. Here, through a mix of new songs and reimagined tracks from previous albums, we are invited on a tour of the journey from where he started to where he finds himself today. It’s an arc that will generate knowing nods from anyone grappling with a moment of reflection in their life. It’s also a damn good record.
This album has a different sound from much of what Corey has done in the past. More robust, more polished, and more lush; it’s a record made with an ear towards a broader audience. It’s not the same Corey Smith you heard on “Undertones” – but it’s still Corey Smith. It’s that growth that may catch some longtime fans by surprise, and an issue that he addresses head-on with the intro to the album:
A man on the edge, I can’t take anymore
Here’s the broken record you’ve been askin’ for.
Over and over, I feel kinda strange,
Nothin’s different here, but everything’s changed…