The soulful and emotional lyrics of Passenger have made Mike Rosenberg, the man behind the mic, a European and Australian musical sensation, along the lines of Ed Sheeran- whom Rosenberg opened for on his North American tour leg. Extolling the utter agony of love lost and gained again, his lyrics and harmonious folk melodies make Rosenberg's music universally recognizable. “Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low, only hate the road when you’re missing home. Only know you love her when you let her go… And you let her go" Rosenberg sings in his hit "Let Her Go", crooning about how, while however unfortunate, it is in the human condition to only really know the value of something, when we lose it. That aching feeling of loss, is something many, if not all of us can relate to on an intimate level, knowing that perhaps the thing we wanted most in this world - or at least thought we wanted most in this world- is no longer something we can have. Why is it that we yearn for the things we can't have? That we seek out people or experiences that we know, may not be in the best interest for us? Perhaps it's like Rosenberg purports, that in order to truly know something (or someone's) worth, we must fully consume all aspects of it, both the high and the lows and that it is only by reflecting on the act of letting go, that we can truly understand the value of that which we have lost.
Contemporary folk music, which Rosenberg's music fits nicely into, is a well saturated market. Sometimes it get's hard to sort through all the banjo and steel guitar and cloyingly over the top emotional lyrics, but when a song comes along that really resonates with you, as "Let her Go" has with so many fans, you just kind of forget all the other crap you've heard before. Passenger's music, in all it's sappy and misty eyed glory, pays tribute to the immense power of music and it is with a calm certainty that I can say that Mike Rosenberg has a strong future in the music industry. If not for his music but for the ardent teenage girl fanbase that he no doubt amassed while opening for Sheeran. That sh*t will stick with you.
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